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04 May 04

the discovery of a world inside the horseshoe

i see a lot of live bands (yes, this may come as a surprise…) but 95+% of them are canadian. now, there’s nothing wrong with canadian bands (i’m probably one of the world’s biggest canrock fans), but last night i got to see the apples in stereo at a small venue in toronto, and that was pretty special. when i heard the apples were playing at the horseshoe for $10, i thought there might be a mistake…seriously, aren’t they the kings (and queen) of indie rock?

the opening band, the high water marks, were pretty good…indie rock, pretty poppy, and they featured hilarie (the apples’ drummer) on guitar and sometimes vocals. what was most notable about them, however, was their incredibly good drummer…we were all in awe of his flailing arms and his ability to kick the cymbals while playing. according to their website, he’s also in oranger and the preston school of industry, which may explain the good. the only drummer i’ve ever seen close to his style was lonnie james, ex of the super friendz, although he did less kicking and more stick tossing. i talked to the drummer a bit after their set and he was very appreciative of my praise.

the apples played a pretty fun 90 minute set including a lot of my favourites (strawberryfire, please, rainfall, love you alice d (how on earth did i not realize this was about lsd til last night?), motorcar, tin pan alley, i can’t believe, ruby, heroes and villains and a bunch of others that i forget at the moment). they also played 4 new songs that were all pretty applesy (robert: which one should we play? the REM one or the heavy one? bassist: uh, they both sound like us.) the only downside to their set was a complete lack of flow, mostly attributable to robert schneider’s hammeredness from “chugging 3 beers in like 30 seconds”. they had a set list, but each song was played separately with robert telling us at length how great we were…and each song was prefaced by him repeatedly asking his band if they were ready. oh, and a note to the apples: it’s a bad idea to bring two guys who are high on shrooms up onto the stage for a rock/paper/scissors tournament.

anyway, i’m happy i got to see a legendary band (at least in indie rock circles) for practically nothing, with a crowd of a few hundred people. now i’ll just have to work on getting them to play the grad club next…

2 Responses to “the discovery of a world inside the horseshoe”

  1. 1
    Sofi Says:

    Guided By Voices are the understood kings of indie rock (specifically Bob Pollard). But the Apples in Stereo come in a close second.

    Actually…I guess the crown now belongs to the Apples. The Kings are dead, long live the Kings!

  2. 2
    pager Says:

    where does pavement fit in?

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Pronunciation: 'ch&mp
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