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Weirdonia, The Fisher Kings, & The Hook Up @ FM Lounge

Saturday March 10th, 2012, 1:30pm


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A very busy night for Windsor music, I chose to keep warm in the confines of FM Lounge (156 Chatham St. W, Main Level) for a night of extremely entertaining rock and punk.

Always entertaining, Weirdonia didn’t fail me this time. While the music itself is fantastic in all it’s grungy, lo-fi, broken-down-garage band glory, it’s the live performance that really get’s me. Writhing, flailing, and just generally seizuring all over the place, this two-piece is certainly a spectacle. Catchy riffs and songs that you can’t quite not dance to catch the audience’s attention, and the entire package creates smiles all around the room. Tackling the drumkit as a way to close the set doesn’t hurt either. The audience, that is.

Oh, and check out their new album, Freaks. Worth it.

All the posters around town, facebook events, work of mouth, and anywhere else you might have found information about this show only listed two bands. But a third did play! The Fisher Kings are a group I’ve heard of before, but had never actually heard. (They’re not on Facebook, so I mean, how could I have…) At first I wasn’t convinced. But by the third song I was sold. It might have been the drummer singing lead.  Or the impressive White Stripes cover. How ridiculously tight they were. All of the above? For certain I can say that I want to hear more from these guys, and as this was their second show in two weeks, it seems they may be coming out of hiding to put audiences in good moods across the city.

Visiting from Montreal, The Hook Up came to town and put on one hell of a show. Punky, bluesy rock ‘n’ roll, it is obvious that this trio spends some time listening to the oldies, but there is still a definite modern twang to what they do. Catchy and groove-able songs rolled past as the band effortlessly (but not sweat-lessly) laid down a tightly executed set that had the audience enthralled. While working on their third album, the group is in the middle of a mini-tour in Southwestern Ontario, visiting Toronto, Hamilton, and Windsor.

Check out the full gallery from the show here.

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