QUITE TESTY with SATORI TIDE and LENGTHY LIST OF LOVERS

Date: 20 June 2009
Venue: Purple Crab Restaurant
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Lengthy List of LoversI first discovered Lengthy List of Lovers when they opened for Spookey Ruben earlier this month. I was taken by their unique and intriguing music, consisting of a trundling guitar and a drum machine, and knew this was a band worth following. I chatted them up after their set, and learned of their upcoming show at the Purple Crab restaurant on Main Street. While they have no album of which to speak, and only one song on their MySpace page, they have a solid set under their belt. Alyson and Daniel are two of the most genuine and organic artists I’ve ever met, despite the drum machine. Their attention to detail in both song and stage presence (they have a specific show outfit) is what makes their live performance worth the ticket.

Some of the LLL songs were the same as their previous show, and there is nothing nicer than recognizing a song, especially ones as good as these. Their second song was based on a film called The Wizard, and begins with some eerie spoken word. Lengthy List of Lovers is refreshingly original in a world of increasingly repetitive and similar music.  They reassure us that they will be finished soon. According to Alyson, “The set is not lengthy, just the list.” When it comes to Lengthy List of Lovers, though, I wish their set were longer. Their final song is another of my favourites, “Jamaica,” which is on their MySpace page. As they work on recording more songs (hopefully a full EP) this summer, check out their upcoming show at the Princeton Pub on Saturday 15 August 2009.

Satori TideNext up is Satori Tide. This group of five guys is a rather psychedelic band that boasts a blend of rock, reggae and funk that deserves nothing less than bright sunshine and a day at the beach. They take the stage to many catcalls, wolf whistles, and other cheers that can be attributed to any number of beasts. I feel justified in hoping for a reggae-hippy-beach vibe when I see that they’re sporting long hair, bandanas and bright Hawaiian shirts. They’re all wearing cool shades with brightly coloured plastic frames that would make any girl under the age of ten exceptionally jealous.

They begin their set with dramatic instrumental work, wailing guitars that sound as if they’ve had their hearts broken. Then the drums kick in, the beat picks up, and the song takes off with a funky beach feel that’s like a tropical blend of Bob Marley and Arkells. I must admit, I find myself a little disappointed that they don’t break out some steel drums, but even despite this lack of Jamaica they accomplish some remarkable reggae tunes. During the set, front man Jason Martinson complains, “These lights are really bright. Good thing I brought my sunglasses.”

One song features their friend Nathan, a white rapper who is really, really excited to be here. After his contribution, he leaps off the stage for a big reggae hoe-down with the audience. Satori Tide jams on their instruments while the crowds dances, but they sound so tight, so professional. It’s hard to believe they’re just as new as Lengthy List of Lovers. My favourite song has to be “Wildberry Road,” and you can listen to it on their MySpace profile. Another great song is “What They Say,” when they bust out a tambourine for an extra splash of flavour. It’s obvious that Satori Tide is here to party. After their final song, they yell, “You guys are awesome, stick around. Let’s get drunk!!” They are looking forward to recording a full-length album, and I highly recommend their upcoming shows on July 11th and 16th.

Quite TestyHeadliner Quite Testy took the stage. They are two men: Marc on the bass and Derek on the drums. In a unique style of humour, Marc began by claiming he was from Detroit, Michigan. At first, his comments towards the crowd appeared mean and rude, but luckily for Marc it is also funny. “Isn’t it great that we’re all here together?” he asks. “But for the next forty minutes, I’M the man.” There is a bass guitar, a drummer, and a lot of yelling, but it’s quite good.

Marc sings a song about where he put his keys, and several members of the audience held up their own. The relationship with crowd seems almost love-hate, but only because of the yelling. Aided by echo microphones, Quite Testy sounds bigger than two people, and has with all the weirdness of Across The Universe. Towards the end of the set, Marc informs us “the last three songs are the best, the first ones were just pretending.” In fact, the third last song is their single “This Is Me! Is This You?” that Marc dispersed among the crowd.

Quite Testy is a little bit of a mystery to me, but bass player/lead singer Marc has another band, Go Ghetto Tiger, that comes highly recommended by Lengthy List of Lovers. Go Ghetto Tiger has an upcoming show on Friday 10 July 2009 at the Biltmore Cabaret, and Backstage Vancouver will be there.

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  1. […] QUITE TESTY with SATORI TIDE and LENGTHY LIST OF LOVERS Concert 2009 […]

  2. […] Quite Testy is another friend of mine. Consisting of Marc on bass and Derek on drums, this two-man band manages to use these typically accompaniment instruments to concoct music that is just as testy as Marc. Despite deciding to be nice this evening, Marc begins by threatening the audience, demanding they sit right in front of the stage. He drags some tables and chairs up, and people trickle forward. Marc tells us “this isn’t a show, but a lesson in good bass playing. That means you, Mike McHolm.” Mike, the bass player of 2nd Floor Suicide, has nothing to worry about. I’ve watched him on stage, and he pretty darn good on the bass. They open with a song that features the lyrics, “Tell me where’d you get that information from?” Derek has a pseudo rap verse that follows the chorus, and it’s great! Marc claims to hate that song, saying “Derek makes me play it every show.  I think the lyrics don’t even make sense.” It’s this feisty banter that really puts the love-hate in his relationship with the audience. It’s all love though, deep down. Their third song is their single, “This Is Me, Is This You?” (available for listening on their MySpace). Derek does the lead vocals for this song. Then they play “Where Did I Put My Keys?” Derek’s backing vocals alternate between high falsetto and low semi-screamo. Their incredible range of bizarre variety makes every performance an adventure. “Virgin Mary on my arm” is one of Marc’s favourite songs, and another song that contains “I can see by the look in your eye” is very fast, a borderline dance number. If you enjoy mean humour, band-audience repartee, and crazy music that doesn’t care what you think, then you’ll love Quite Testy. I know I do. Photo by Femke Van Delft (November 2008) […]

  3. […] first discovered Satori Tide when I attended a Lengthy List of Lovers show at the Purple Crab restaurant on Main Street. Their brand of funky reggae rock boasts a wide range of sounds, from […]

  4. […] The problem with attending two shows in one evening is that you can’t see everyone play. After watching Katastroyka at Pub 340 earlier tonight, I jumped in my car and raced to the Railway Club in time to see Quite Testy ironing out some feedback kinks in the sound system. While I was early for them, I was still a little pouty about missing Satori Tide, a reggae funk band I met the night I met Quite Testy some months ago at the Purple Crab. […]