B.C. indie bands take Campus Commons at Tunes Against Tuition

Mason Buettner, Contributor Ω

Photos by Mason Buettner

TRUSU’s annual Tunes Against Tuition Concert took place on what was forecasted to be an overcast and rainy Saturday afternoon. Contrary to what meteorologists had to say, the sun shone down on hundreds of students gathered in the campus commons for an exciting and enjoyable show.

Vancouver-based band Mother Mother headlined the afternoon, after stellar performances by Kamloops locals Van Damsel and Kelowna’s We Are the City, both of whom gracefully opened the afternoon‘s festivities.

Overall attendance was up from last year’s event with the biggest crowd showing up just in time to dance to some upbeat indie rock tracks.

Van Damsel opened up the afternoon promptly at 1 p.m. and played consistently for nearly an hour. The crowd at this point was already close to the same size as the turnout for last year’s headlining band Arkells.

We Are the City played a shorter set than the other two bands, but it was a treat to listen to nonetheless. They played songs from their sophomore release Violent, released in June. The band brings a unique sound unlike any other band in recent times.

Students were enthusiastic and appeared most excited about seeing Canadian indie-rockers Mother Mother take the stage. Highlights of the band’s part of the show included their cover of Nirvana’s “In Bloom” as well as their encore performance of “Ghosting,” off of their 2008 album O My Heart.

TRUSU made their presence known during the afternoon by setting up a booth, announcing the performers, and canvassing throughout the crowd of students. TRUSU also brought in a couple of different food trucks into the campus commons area to keep students from going hungry throughout the show.