On first listen, Noobie Noobinson‘s set sounds darker than it has in the past. But of course, it’s because I always forget the plethora of genres thrown into the mix. While the obvious description is “general weirdness,” the best words may be “psychedelic rock.” Zenith D.’s (Wonder)pants are hanging on by a thread, and he broke a guitar string during sound check, but nothing else is falling apart. From Diamond’s three synths to Noah’s double kick pedal, things can only go superbly well from here on out. The audience was soon grooving to the likes of “LCD Vs. Plasma TV” and “President’s Choice.” I love the landscape of the keys in “Drinking Alone,” and of course the guest appearances by Boomsday Alliance members MD (about to release his new EP Meka High Fives) and KTR (of hardcore punk band Impeders of Progress). But of course, nothing beats a drum solo by Dr. No. This is definitely a band you want to keep your eyes on throughout the set, since Zenith can sing as fast as Dr. No can play the drums. “Pages of Sages” leans towards rockabilly on crack (with a precise ending that prompts a surprised cheer from the crowd), and I can’t begin to describe the rest of the genres. With Noobie Noobinson, from hip-hop to heavy metal, there is truly something for everyone. Noobie Noobinson is from outer space!

The Patience Product are safe and comfortable. From the first time I heard their album a year ago, I felt a nostalgia I rarely experience with local music. The other word I’d have to use to describe this band is predictable, but therein lies the comfort. Their set list rarely changes, but if it works, it works. Benson wins an award for his undying enthusiasm, and craziest instrument (a bass with no body). Justin’s guitar solo in “Change of Heart, Change of Tune” is always a hit, and the crowd digs “The Heinekin Song” as well (renamed “Pabst Blue Ribbon” for the evening). The Patience Product photo by Leigh Eldridge.

The Me Monster, wrapping up a cross-country tour, come fully equipped with a recorded show introduction and a wireless mic for lead singer Jordan McDonald, MD‘s brother. This six-piece band, though young in years, far surpasses similar ages in terms of skill level. They belong on MuchMusic. Their cover of Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So” is well done, and the perfect choice for this band. Cam Thorpe’s five-string bass is curious, though not as eccentric as the band before. Jackson wins best haircut, and Jeremy keeps things funny with crazy accents. They’re returning to Vancouver in July, so stay tuned for show dates.

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