Anchoress, Ghostship Victoria & JDBC @ Villains
Tuesday May 22nd, 2012
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To continue the long weekend celebrations, Villains Beastro hosted a show Monday night that resulted in some very pleased attendees.
Opening the show was local act Jeffrey David’s Blues Connection, a trio of guys who played a tight set of blistering blues tunes with a heavy feel.
Visiting from London we had Ghostship Victoria, a band that meshes progressive and hardcore into a wall of sound that is difficult to ignore. At times having bluesy and jazzy influences, it’s difficult to exactly categorize this group. Vocalist Mike Vanstone certainly stole the night in terms of sheer energy, bouncing all around the stage, tables, and kick drum as he belted out his lines. But the entire band was made of up some very talented musicians, their set commanding the audience’s attention throughout their time on stage.
Currently on tour from B.C.,Anchoress was making a stop in Windsor between their gigs at Pouzza Fest in Montreal on the 20th and in Winnipeg on the 23rd. It was quite a change coming into these guys after Ghostship, but once the crowd adjusted, the appreciation was apparent. A lot of the material played was from the recent release Crime and Compass, an album that combines the sounds of Gallows and Bigwig, with some super-awesome guitar work to create an upbeat and exciting sound. A different take on hardcore, to be sure, these guys write some interesting tunes, and are able to present them in solid formation.