Sunday, November 12, 2017

Recording: Mourning Coup

Artist: Mourning Coup

Song: unknown*

Recorded at 918 Bathurst (The Music Gallery's X AVANT XII – Night 1), October 11, 2017.

Mourning Coup - unknown

After an off-season of uncertainty and exiled from its home at St. George The Martyr Church, The Music Gallery has found refuge at 918 Bathurst. Vibewise, this has kept things in the same ballpark, with the new space sharing churchy origins and a wood-y acoustic space. The X Avant Festival was first big test for this arrangement of things, presenting four nights of shows there.

More than ever, the linkages between the Festival's performances was in the overarching theme of "Resistance", explored on this night from three female Indigenous perspectives. Last year the Music Gallery co-presented a panel with the the RPM music series entitled "What Sovereignty Sounds Like" and this further collaboration put that into practice.

Based in Vancouver (and of mixed ancestry from the Siksika Nation), Chandra Melting Tallow's Mourning Coup offered dark-edged synth-pop, with goth Joy Division vibes and even a electro-noir cover of Neil Young's "Shots". Sharing the stage with a bassist, Melting Tallow gained strength as the set progressed, investing the music's chilly timbres with a haunting edge.

[RPM's live series continues on Tuesday (November 14th) with a hip-hop infused show at Smiling Buddha featuring Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Dio Ganhdih, See Monsters and T-Rhyme.]

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

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