Saturday night and the Horseshoe Tavern is packed with a bunch of rabid fans waiting for their turn to get Weaves into their system. The lights are down and a growing noise begins to lift everybody’s spirit. This herky jerky mess keeps repeating, “I can’t be late”, like the stressed out rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. The crowds’ excitement is a resounding noise of elation. They are here to celebrate the debut album release of the Weaves.
The host Jasmyn Burke, creates, what seems like, a slightly demented dinner party, thrown by a drunken maid, whose home owners are away on vacation. Every song seems to feel like it is in a total state of confusion, and the audience loves it! Songs like Hula hoop, is a slow plodding mess that keeps your brain spinning, like Tylenol gone bad.
The band consists of, bare footed guitar player, Morgan Waters, Fast and Furious drummer, Spencer Cole, and Bass player, Zach Bines, who sounds like Cookie Monster being force fed vegetables, and unorthodox vocal extraction by Jasmyn Burke. Jasmyn comes across as a front singer who has had a mental breakdown a long time ago and is perfectly OK with it now. The band kept your ears as a hostage, because you never knew where the next sound was coming from. Their playing and compositions are wonderfully sloppy, like if you were finger painting all over your enemy’s brand new furniture.
The spectators gave Weaves their full attention, whether it was a solid wall of cheering after every song, crowd surfing, or having a sing along at the end of the show. This band proved that the strange and preposterous musical antics can be weaved into the fabric of our psyche and our soul.
The She-Devils from Montreal opened the show. This two piece outfit got the audience warmed up for the main act. Singer, Audrey Ann Boucher, sings as if she is reading off a grocery list. She has a Bowie-esque look and comes off like an introvert with some dark secrets: Blue Velvet, without all of its creepiness. The Keyboards belong to Kyle Jukka. He creates an electro-pop journey that has all the cattiness of an early Brian Eno. This twosome has the room to grow into something very interesting.
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View a short video from the Bad Buzz performance below: