Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Recording: Surinam

Artist: Surinam

Song: Auctioneer

Recorded at Steelworkers Hall ("Four Corners V"), August 8, 2015.

Surinam - Auctioneer

A benefit for Girls Rock Camp was the impetus for the revival of this beloved concert series that originally ran for a conceptually-elegant four instalments from 2010 to 2012. As before, the Steelworkers' multipurpose room was the scene for this quadraphonic jam, with bands set up in each of the room's colour-coded corners and alternating two-song bursts for a no-dead-time rock jam. With cans of beer for sale instead of easily-slopped cups of cheap draft from a keg, the floor was less dangerously slick at night's end, but it was still an immersive, joyfully-exhausting experience. Whether this means that the series is back for another set of four remains to be seen, but it's a concept that I was glad to experience once again.

Surinam's predecessor band Anagram played the very first Four Corners — along with now-Surinam bassist Cory Wells' old band Ancestors — so it was sweet to see them on hand and leading off this show. Their surging tunes were the first to get some bodies bouncing off each other as the heat in the room intensified.

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