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The Soirée

Saturday night… the best night of the week!  Your previous week is a memory, most of us still have one more day before the next work week begins.   My friends were reluctant to head back out into the cold weather but with the bribe of some Vietnamese food before heading to the show I got them out to Irene’s Pub.  They were very pleasantly surprised by what they heard!  The Soirée performed to a packed house and the great set allowed us to forget about the cold and enjoy the cozy pub and yummy beverages.

I’ve been out of town for every other show these guys have had in the past year so I was excited to finally see them live. Their set was a great combination of old and new and it’s obvious that they love to perform.  It’s great to see a musician find their happy place!  There was no shortage of talent on stage; musically and vocally they are very sound as well as relaxed and fun to watch.  I’m looking forward to their next show!  Matt you promised to keep me in the loop, I hope we don’t have to wait too long for another performance!

Bryce Colenbrander

Matt Arnold

Eric Roberts

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You can check out their music on Bandcamp:

As an aside… what is with the smallish music venues and their obsession with red stage lighting??

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I’m constantly on the search for new music.  In a world of top 40 ‘hits’ it isn’t as simple as turning on the average radio station and hoping to discover a great new sound.   College radio and CBC are great but you must be tuned in at the right time to hear something new.

I usually start my hunt at the website of a favourite band.   If they have links to other bands it is a great spring board into new musical waters.

One of the amazing things about the musical community in any city is their collaborative efforts.  In any given town there are a number of bands.  If you start taking a close look at the members of each band you may find some overlap.  

If you’ve been paying any attention to my blog over the past year you’ll notice that I’m a big fan of the Ottawa band The Acorn.  Through their MySpace page this summer I discovered another local gem The Soft Disaster.   Jeff DeButte is a member of both bands.  Jeff has also played occasionally with a band called Snailhouse.   The Soft Disaster are definitely not a solo project; Tim Brownlee, Bryce Colenbrander, and Nicolas Paradis complete the group.  Their album Outposts was released in August this year and celebrated by a release party at Zaphod Beeblebrox.  With beautiful melodies and subtle harmonies that give the music great depth The Soft Disaster have quickly become a favourite for me.   Hopefully they’ll play a few shows in the near future!

Headed up by Mike Feuerstack and based in Montreal, Snailhouse have been joined on stage by many other musicians including members of The Acorn, Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre.  They are on tour right now supporting their 2008 release Lies on the Prize and I’m looking forward to checking out the show on January 16th at the Blacksheep Inn.

To complete the trifecta we have another Ottawa band called The Soirée.  Bryce Colenbranden from The Soft Disaster is joined here by Matthew Arnold, Mike Armstrong, and Eric Roberts.  This September they released Minor Details.  I’ve been away the last couple of times they have played since then.  Hopefully I won’t miss out next time!

You should check out the websites for each of these bands!  Support the indie music scene; purchase their albums and check out their live shows!

The Soft Disaster:
MySpace
Bandcamp (Free streaming of Outposts!)

The Soirée
MySpace
Band Website
Bandcamp (Free streaming of Minor Details!)

Snailhouse
Myspace
Band Website
Jan. 16th, 2009 – Blacksheep Inn