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11 Sep 04

matt barber: return of the grad club shows

i’ve seen both matt barber and pete elkas a number of times now, including one other date where they played together, but it’s safe to say that tonight’s show (at the grad club! yay!) was my favourite overall. pete played his standard solo set with all of his normal songs (highlights included i see fine, still a flame, party of one, and, of course, in my den) to a small and mostly disinterested audience. i enjoyed it as always, and he seems much more comfortable as a solo performer than he was when i first saw him open for the super friendz last thanksgiving. i really enjoyed how he turned his set into a story, following the path of a guy from break up to getting on with his life, woven together with some pretty endearing stage banter. at one point between songs, mitch turned to me and said “i love him!”

matt’s set was fantastic. he played with his full band (who may or may not still be known as the union dues, i’m not quite sure), which included pete elkas this time around, as well as andy stochansky’s drummer (who i think usually also plays with matt).

now, let me take a step back for a moment and focus on what’s really important: the hotness. if the dears’ bassist was also in the band tonight, mitch would’ve probably died on the spot. essentially, tonight’s band was a super group of attractiveness. forget the music. there’s a reason the crowd was predominantly female…and “woo!'”ing at every opportunity.

ok, so the music: they were extremely tight, which is impressive since i think that was their first show together as a group. they played a long and mostly up-tempo set (in spite of the fact that the right side of the grad club was mostly seated, inexplicably…) whose only misstep was the inclusion of that awful reggaeish tiltawhirl song. i didn’t recognize a surprising number of songs considering i have his 3 releases, but i guess that bodes well for his next full length. i’m still not sure what the encore cover was, but it was a tear-your-heart-out kinda song. i also think that my enjoyment of the set was helped out by the fact that the grad club wasn’t super crowded (possibly because sum 41 were playing across the road), and consequently my annoyance level was pretty low.

anyway, to summarize: two great sets, few annoying people, non-rock crew shows at the grad club again, and a lot of attractive men, if you’re into that sorta thing.

6 Responses to “matt barber: return of the grad club shows”

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    mitch Says:

    Now I would like to take a moment to defend myself – I DO enjoy the music! It’s not my fault that there’s both ear and eye candy present at some shows! It IS fortunate though, for me and the other ladies and gay males present.

    As for the show, I’m sad for all of you who missed the super group of attractiveness. In fact, I felt so sad for you that I personally let out a few “woo”s and “take it off”s on your behalf.

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    anne Says:

    i’m so happy hear that although i’ve left kingston a little piece of me remains in the form of the “take it off!”.

  3. 3
    mitch Says:

    That’s right Anne – Mitch represents!

  4. 4
    pager Says:

    congratulations mitch on being comment #666. ooooh.

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    emily rothwell Says:

    Amazing web site Rob, what a sandwich of creativity, imagination and great writing! Cheers,Emily

  6. 6
    pager Says:

    if this site impressed you, you really ARE a luddite!

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