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31 Jan 06

cons + deadly snakes: as good as expected

a show with two headliners and no openers that actually started on time? how perfect is that?

the constantines and deadly snakes played sold out shows at the horseshoe on friday and saturday night, alternating headlining sets. we elected for the cons as headliners on saturday, although i would’ve been happy either way.

the snakes played a fun set to an appreciative crowd, heavy with songs from both porcella and ode to joy, but with a surprising number of oldies thrown in for good measure. i couldn’t hear the horns as well as i would’ve liked, and their rendition of gore veil (aka andre ethier and my favourite deadly snakes song) wasn’t quite up to par, but otherwise it was a solid set.

and then things went downhill a little, as dan burke (see disturbing photo) took the stage in an unsurprisingly less-than-sober attempt to teach toronto to dance. he arrived on stage in a parka, but soon ended up shirtless with his jeans unbuttoned as he barked orders to the sound guy to choose just the right rolling stones song. his appearance was convenient in one way: i was trying to describe him to scotto earlier in the evening, and dan made the picture clear for me. how exactly was he voted toronto’s best concert promoter in eye’s reader’s poll again? sorry, craig laskey. sorry, eric warner. anyway, good luck getting that photo out of your brain.

thankfully, the cons took the stage before things got too far out of hand and launched into a predictably fantastic set hitting all of the high points – i couldn’t think of a single song they left out that i would’ve liked to have heard. for added fun, they even added horns to a couple songs. what struck both anne and me yet again is how well trained cons fans are. with little or no prompting, much of the crowd raised their hands in the air at the appropriate times, shouted “turn it up!” at the correct points of nighttime/anytime, and answered with the right responses to other assorted calls throughout the evening. to me, this is different from sloan’s incessant “slo-oan” chant – sure, sloan fans are well trained, but only to feed sloan’s ego. cons fans just seem to provide more energy for the band to feed off of. my only complaint about their set, aside from the enormous bouncerish guy who stood about 6 inches in front of me for the first half of the set, was that i couldn’t see much of whil at all from where i was standing. i can’t get enough of that guy.

and need i say it? suckingalemon needs to keep going to all the shows i do so i can keep using her pics.

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