Sunday, December 14, 2014

Recording: Cell Memory

Artist: Cell Memory

Song: Just Like Honey [Jesus and Mary Chain cover]

Recorded at Comfort Zone ("DEATH TO T.O. IV: A Halloween Covers Show"), October 30, 2014.

Cell Memory - Just Like Honey

Once again Dan Burke and Elliott Jones celebrated Hallowe'en by turning the Silver Dollar and Comfort Zone into a giant, non-stop musical frenzy, with nearly twenty bands doing mini cover sets. The bands — several of which were constructed just for the occasion — all took the task seriously, putting a lot of work not only into the music but also costumes and all the little things to enhance their tributes. The only downside of the night was that with so many bands on the bill, it was impossible to stage-manage a consistently efficient staggering between the stages, so that it didn't take long for bands upstairs and downstairs to be playing simultaneously, forcing the crowd to make hard decisions on who to see and who to miss. Otherwise, it was a fabulously fun rock'n'roll marathon of a night.

Downstairs, there were some ongoing sound issues at the start of the night, but at one level, the out-of-control feedback surges that overpowered the first part of this set added some historical accuracy to go with the leather jackets onstage. Mimico's Ben Oginz was holding down the Bobby Gillespie role here, even if there wasn't time to give him a stand-up drum kit.

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