It was a cold night in the Blind Dog this Saturday, but that was no deterrent music fans who came out for a jam-packed pop-punk show. Starting at six and running until only nine thirty, five bands took the stage and rocked out to try to heat the place up.
The opening act was Belle River band Shortcut To Last, a quartet following more along the lines of Sr-71 than Blink-182. With mostly solid playing and up-beat songs, Shortcut To Last was able to get at least some jumping and clapping from those out early enough to catch their set.
Next on the bill came Playing for Keeps, who grabbed attention right away by opening with a cover of American Hi-Fi’s “Flavour of the Week.” With an extra dash of shredding and some lovely drum beats, these boys kept the show fun, with songs that strayed more towards the pop end of the spectrum. They also happened to have my favourite drum sounds of the night; Props to sound man Paul Bonventre on that one.
Hamilton rockers Victory, Sweet Victory were third on the list, and the first band of the night to display an energetic stage presence. These gusy were probably my favourite act of the night, and I didn’t even hate their cover of Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite.” With upbeat and often inspirational lyrics, Victory, Sweet Victory took over the stage, running, jumping, and clapping their way through their first show in Windsor, and one I would call a success.
Local group We Can Be Heroes followed that with a set that was just as entertaining. A sound quite reminiscent of These Kids Wear Crowns, here we had another band that put the stage to use as they roamed about during their set. With some of the crunchiest guitars of the night and samples played through a lap-top, We Can Be Heroes had a sound that stood out amongst the others.
And finally came the night’s headliners from Toronto, Chasing Amee. Their show was more like a party, and all of those in attendance seemed to really be enjoying themselves. The lyrics were soulful and the vocals ranged from melodic singing to yelling and screaming, which brought on thoughts of the French group Kyo. They even had a track or two that was very like The Johnstones in it’s ska-ish-ness. With a drummer from Windsor and a music video made by local filmmaker Gavin Booth, these guys have a strong Windsor connection, and it was great to see so many people out to catch their show.