Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Recording: New Fries

Artist: New Fries

Song: Jazz

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

New Fries - Jazz

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.

The night's format meant that New Fries couldn't lead with their usual fool-you/fake-out slow start intro, but they still managed to inject a certain amount of practical chaos into their segments, including, oh, y'know, a guitar being smashed and ending with all of their gear in a heap. But while everything was intact they reeled off a bunch of old and new material, including this one from their new single.

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