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Sunday March 3rd, 2013

Posted at 3:44pm

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When Windsor’s The Nefidovs released their new album at FM Lounge (156 Chatham Street West) on Friday night, it was one of the best parties to happen there in a while.

The new record is called Better Wake Up! and was released independently. The band recorded in Windsor with help from Rene de la Muerte of Montreal psychobilly band The Brains.

Their punk/jazz fusion, which the band refers to as “death ska,” is infectious and very danceable.

The boisterous set featured music from the new album as well as their first release, Set Faces to Stunned. The bar was already getting full when the first band went on, but by the time these guys took the stage, the place was packed with a rambunctious yet respectful crowd.

High-spirited audience members spent almost as much time belting out lyrics on the mics as the band did,

Joining them were three other great local acts.

The Rowley Estate kicked things off with their pumped-up pop-punk, featuring some brand new songs from an album that is expected to be released this summer.

James OL & The Villains have been moving their sound in a more rock direction recently, as opposed to the indie vibes they once gave off. This show was a great way for them to show off their evolving sound and interact with an enthusiastic crowd.

Local favourite Shared Arms came out to play their first show after seven months in hiding and received great reception. All the dancing, shouting, and singing made for a louder club than Boom Boom Room on a Saturday night. A special impromptu rap session with bassist Joey Acott was perhaps the highlight of the night.

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