Cory Hope, Arts and Entertainment Editor Ω
After being on tour for two months straight, playing to the 30 or so people who showed up to Pogue Mahone might have been an excuse for Kill Matilda to take it at least a little bit easy.
That’s not the way they do things though, and they played loud and hard and fast for the duration of their set.
They stopped briefly between songs to banter with the crowd or introduce their songs, as they did with a song about the women found murdered at Robert Pickton’s pig farm.
Not all of their songs are quite so dark, however.
They played a cover of Bonnie Tyler’s Hero during their set.
With their own style of music and Dusty’s voice they made short work of any naysayers who would question the wisdom of attempting to cover that song.
It’s a bold move, and Kill Matilda set upon it with confidence and vigour.
After their set, I went to their merch table and picked up a copy of their new CD entitled hile, and while I was speaking to the girl at the table, the entire band approached me individually and thanked me for showing up and taking pictures.
There wasn’t a trace of disappointment on any of their faces to have played for such a small crowd.
I’d go see them again if they were playing tomorrow.
Krome took the stage after Kill Matilda, playing what they constantly referred to as a rock show, despite the small crowd. It took me a while to figure it out, but Krome was actually a really good band that just needed a larger crowd and a party atmosphere.
Their musicianship was great, their voices solid, and the guitar player who had literally only jammed with the band for 12 hours prior to going on tour and playing live with them knew all the chords and all the words to every song (or at least enough to fool me), even though he hadn’t memorized the names of them yet.
The only problem with Krome was that their music wasn’t translating properly in a room that wasn’t packed.
If there had been more people there — not dedicated fans of theirs, mind you, just more people — the night would have felt different not because of the energy coming off the stage, but from the energy being reciprocated back onto it.
I’d like to see Krome again in a packed room next time.
Pogue Mahone has been bringing in great bands on a regular basis for years now and they have a great venue for live music, but the attendance seems to be in a slump right now.
It would be a shame to see them lose interest in putting on shows because of it.
Support your local scene.
Support independent music.
Take a chance on a band you haven’t heard before and try something new.
You’re in university now, and you can experiment with your ears, too.