Concert Review: Disturbed, March 4, Scotiabank Arena

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While Ricky wrote a post on here earlier this week comparing local heroes Broken Social Scene to late ’90s/early 2000s wrestling crew nWo, I decided I’d do him one better … by reviewing an entire concert where every song basically sounds like a wrestler’s entrance music. That’s right, I went to see Disturbed. Or maybe it was Staind – I sometimes get my rock bands with bald frontmen mixed up. Probably Disturbed. At least I’m certain that it wasn’t Michael Stipe up there anyways … but I digress.

Fun fact (and further digression): Disturbed singer David Draiman’s wife was once actually a WWE diva, so that wrestling analogy actually holds up pretty well.

Before the band took to the stage, the screen behind them was lit up with various slogans beginning with the phrase “when music is the weapon …” and ending with various other pseudo-revolutionary messages to get the crowd amped up, some of which worked better than others. For example, “when music is the weapon, every fist has a voice” didn’t really land for me. A fist with a voice? Are we talking like a Señor Wences kind of deal? Again, I digress.

I may be going off on random tangents in this review, but Draiman had a definite theme in mind with his stage banter as he talked continuously throughout the evening about bringing people together through music. “Television, media, the powers that be, the godforsaken internet … they want you to believe that we are more divided as a people than we have ever been,” said Draiman, adding that he felt that way of thinking was all “utter fucking nonsense” and that when the right song comes on and everyone’s singing along, “we become brothers and sisters.”

While David Draiman in full motivational/inspirational speaker mode was a large part of the evening (the tribute to late Prodigy frontman Keith Flint and ensuing shout out to the importance of recognizing those dealing with mental health and/or addiction issues and doing what you can to help was a somewhat touching moment and a highlight of the evening), much of the show was also taken up with a healthy amount of power ballads, more than expected. Surprisingly Journey-esque power ballads, too. But aside from all that, what else was happening at this big shiny arena rock show? Pyro. So much pyro. Piano pyro, even.

How do you top setting a piano on fire? By bringing a bunch of kids onstage, obviously. Near the end of their set, Draiman brought up a group of young children (whom he referred to as the future of rock music) and their parents to share the stage with them for one song, inviting them to sit on the front of the drum riser for the duration. Surely a pretty good view and a moment to remember for them all, but honestly, I hope those kids were wearing proper ear protection. Because when music is the weapon … you might end up with tinnitus.

SXSW Preview: Broken Social Scene

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It seems very odd to write a preview for what many would assume is a very popular band, but realistically, outside the lens of the Canadian media, who really knows?

Case in point – Kasabian literally headlined Glastonbury few years ago and I doubt many people can name three of their songs in Canada, which is a shame since Kasabian is awesome.

The easiest way to describe Broken Social Scene is that they are like the New World Order(nWo). About fifteen years ago, Broken Social Scene invaded the Canadian music scene, put the proverbial leg drop on the likes of Our Lady Peace and said this is our town.

I think in this scenario, Kevin Drew is definitely Hollywood Hogan and Brendan Canning is Scott Hall but I dunno who would be Kevin Nash (I’m leaning towards Feist – charismatic, has their own star power, likes to powerbomb people). Since that time, BSS has expanded to God knows how many members and much like with nWo Wolfpac and Latino World order (lWo), the band have also splintered off into several sub factions (such as Metric, Apostle of Hustle, etc). Also like the nWo, Broken Social Scene has gone on hiatus and come back several times. This metaphor definitely works.

What I’m trying to say is that much like how you can’t talk about pro wrestling history of the past twenty years without talking about the nWo and its influence, you can’t talk about Canadian rock music without taking about Broken Social Scene’s influence, brother.

Broken Social Scene are playing a bunch of tiny venues at SXSW which is like Canadian Hulk Hogan wrestling in a tiny bingo hall. It’s a rare and unique experience and you should check them out.

What does their music sound like? Listen below. They have a new EP.

Here is a link to the SXSW page for BSS and their official show schedule:

ELYSIUM – Mar 12 at 11:00pm — 11:40pm
CONTAINER BAR – Mar 14 at 6:00pm — 6:40pm
BUNGALOW – Mar 14 at 11:00pm — 12:30pm
SCOOT INN – Mar 16 at 5:00pm — 5:40pm

They are also playing at Floodfest, which is one of our favorite day parties.


12:00 p.m. MUNYA
1:00 p.m. Illuminati Hotties
2:00 p.m. Priests
3:00 p.m. HÆLOS
4:00 p.m. White Denim
5:10 p.m. Broken Social Scene

SXSW Song Of The Day: The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown – Fire

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Every year at SXSW, there’s usually at least a handful of old school veteran performers in attendance alongside all of the newbies and this year one of the artists filling that role is The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown.

Yes, the God of Hellfire himself is still at it more than 50 years after he first started and he’ll be appearing at SXSW this year on a solid bill put together by LPR and Psycho Entertainment alongside ’60s occult rockers Coven and newer acts such as Bambara and The Comet Is Coming. It promises to be a hell of a show (corny pun absolutely intended).

The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown plays Empire Garage on March 14 at 10:45pm.

SXSW Preview: The Comet is Coming – Final Eclipse

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The Comet is Coming is a trio from the UK that plays something that could generally be classified as jazz, but with some sort of EDM influence as well. The tunes move along at a steady pace and there are things that you might consider akin to bass drops.

Take “Final Eclipse.” With its rapid firing saxophone and the relentless bass, the track plays with an urgency that catches you by surprise and it’s great.

They have already been nominated for a Mercury Prize so it’s not like they are a mystery. They’ll be at the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30. The show will be awesome. Be there.

The Comet Is Coming plays St. David’s Historic Sanctuary on March 13 at 10:10pm as well as the aforementioned British Music Embassy at Latitude 30 on March 15 at 12:00am. Check out a playlist of all the artists playing at the British Music Embassy below (“Final Eclipse” is track 18).