Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Recording: WHOOP-Szo

Artist: WHOOP-Szo

Song: Gerry

Recorded at The Great Hall's Black Box (Long Winter 4.5 – Night 1), March 18, 2016.

WHOOP-Szo - Gerry

You can't fault Long Winter for being ambitious and for wanting to close out the season by cramming in as much music and art into the Great Hall as possible, but their plan to close the year out with a two-night stand didn't entirely pay off. Giving patrons the choice of two nights (and holding them at the end of Spring Break) seemed to especially cut into the younger crowd and both nights (especially Friday) lacked that "about to burst" feeling that makes LW unique. But even if the crowd was at less than maximum strength, there was no certainly no lack of music spread throughout the building.

This Guelph-via-London quintet falls somewhere on the metal-hair-but-not-metal-band spectrum, with an interesting mix of sounds stirred up into a noisy vortex. There were plenty touches of sludge-psych in the mix, as well as a revealing Elevator cover, as well as this new tune about police violence.

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