Friday November 18th showcased an all-star lineup at Sala Rossa which was part of the 6th annual M for Montreal music festival.
The night started off with Tonstartssbandht, a two piece band of brothers (Andy and Edwin White) from Orlando Florida. Their sound is a mix of psychedelic indie rock but to be honest that may be completely off. Their latest album Sinkhole Storm and Sandwich, consists of two song that are roughly 18 minutes each in length. Needless to say this band does things their own way and although I missed a good portion of their set, those who made it seemed to have really enjoyed it. You can find out more about Tonstartssbandht on their website. And yes, I still don’t know how to pronounce their band name.
Next up was Montreal based trio Uncle Bad Touch. This band has been creating a lot of buzz around Montreal by playing this year’s Osheaga and Pop Montreal music festivals. After watching their performance there is no question why. With two distinct vocalists and their psychedelic stoner rock style made for a great show. Uncle Bad Touch seemed very genuine in their demeanor and applauded back to the audeince after each song. Ending off their set with a crowd favourite “Uncle Bad Touch” whose lyrical content is on the side of disturbing but with a catchy melody had everyone signing along.
Following Uncle Bad Touch in the lineup was another Montreal based trio Parlovr. Armed with two guitars a keyboard and drums, Parlovr captivated the audience with a mix of punk,indie rock and pop. One of the guitarist also played the keyboard while the other took over bass duites with some sort of pedal that created a bass line out of what was played on guitar . Overall what stuck out from this perfomance was the raw energy that Parlovr brought to the stage and how big of a sound they managed to create as a trio.
Closing the night was Hollerado, a band who spent the better part of a decade living in Montreal but originate from a small town outside of Ottawa called Manotick. Having had the chance to sit down with Menno and Dean before the show I got to learn more about the band before seeing them play for the first time.
Hollerado make a party out of their shows with beach balls circulating the crowd and confetti canons erupting at key points during their songs. On top of having props, their interaction with the crowd especially on the sing alongs makes for a spectacular live performance. Below is video of Americanarama taken from this performance and sums up a Hollerado show.