REVIEW: Purple Metropolis Music Competition brings whole indie cred again to Hawrelak Park


Day three of Purple Metropolis Music Competition felt just like the hangover ghost of Interstellar Rodeo: smaller, vaguely dystopian one way or the other, but fortunately acquainted

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Day three of Purple Metropolis Music Competition felt just like the hangover ghost of Interstellar Rodeo down at Hawrelak Park: smaller, vaguely dystopian one way or the other, but fortunately acquainted.

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On the primary day of non-scalding climate shortly, the cool wind whirled yellow aspen leaves onto the cement dance flooring because the day’s opening act, Edmonton psych quartet Tebby & the Heavy, walked onto that massive Heritage Amphitheatre.

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Tebby and the Heavy opened up Saturday’s Purple City show at Hawrelak Park.
Tebby and the Heavy opened up Saturday’s Purple Metropolis present at Hawrelak Park. Photograph by Fish Griwkowsky /Postmedia

Behind her white sun shades, Tebby Sputnik sang a lot of the songs, although Alex Bates took the lead for the hovering Particulate. The band shifted from sludgy to Devo-quirky via its foot-tapping set to a few dozen early-risers, many certainly nonetheless sleeping off the unimaginable wall of sound A Place to Bury Strangers delivered at Starlite the evening earlier than.

A fast word about that present, which began with a pleasant hey from singer-guitarist Oliver Ackermann, then simply levelled the packed crowd for an extended and relentless set that began at midnight. Drummer Sandra Fedowitz was a particular pleasure to observe, simply ceaseless pounding her package with what felt like the most important smile on the planet within the loudest band on Earth. John Fedowitz’s bass and Ackerman’s guitar capturing that sharp, alien Bauhaus sound crawling round on the goth-industrial aspect of the in any other case candy-coated ’80s.

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Oliver Ackerman, Sandra Fedowitz and John Fedowitz of A Place to Bury Strangers made beautiful noise in the dark Friday night at Starlite Room in the Purple City Music Festival.
Oliver Ackerman, Sandra Fedowitz and John Fedowitz of A Place to Bury Strangers made lovely noise at midnight Friday evening at Starlite Room within the Purple Metropolis Music Competition. Photograph by Fish Griwkowsky /Postmedia

If this evaluation is a little bit fuzzy right now, it’s from being deaf-struck within the entrance row at that Starlite gig. Now, again to the motion on the Heritage Amphitheatre stage …

Biboye Onanuga, Connell Stinnissen and Lukas Kuru make up the chipper, free-form-jazz-vibe trio Good Info, and performed a fast, half-hour set in entrance of the large display with Evan Pearce’s depraved, melty visuals rolling round behind them.

Onanuga stayed onstage drumming for Motorcycle James once they got here on round 3 p.m., such an incredible, easy-listening pop band led by Michael Werbiki with Julie Adams on keys.

“I believe it’s time we flip this social gathering up a bit,” Werbiki introduced because the dance flooring crammed with a couple of dozen folks, finally doubling. “When you’ve bought any mushrooms, eat ’em now!”

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A wonderful cowl of Haddaway’s What Is Love (Child Don’t Harm Me) then the five-piece with Daniel Sedmak and Conor Snell grew to become six when Mitch Davis joined on saxophone for the candy finale, I’m a Leo — the band’s first present in six years, p.s. When you don’t know this good little pop band but, take the time.

Fourth up within the lineup was Davis, singing candy soul, taking part in guitar, keyboards, sampling and naturally blowing life into his saxophone, which he famous he simply retains on its case as the 2 instances he used a stand it fell off. Davis hasn’t performed Edmonton since he moved to Montreal 5 years again, and his quirky supply, tempo modifications and critically lovely sounds are a testomony to a musician all the time poking on the edges of the revolutionary.

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Mitch Davis plays Purple City at Hawrelak Park Saturday.
Mitch Davis performs Purple Metropolis at Hawrelak Park Saturday. Photograph by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia

“Has anyone seen us play in Edmonton earlier than?” requested Davis. “As a result of we’re about to do the very same factor, don’t even fear about it,” he joked earlier than turning again into his Mitchmatic, rapper type.

Shifting between dreamy love songs and his angsty hip-hop like Keep, he made me want these buffet units have been a little bit longer, however such is the outside pageant recreation.

Michael Rault (right) and his band perform during the 2022 Purple City Music Festival at Hawrelak Park Amphitheatre.
Michael Rault (proper) and his band carry out throughout the 2022 Purple Metropolis Music Competition at Hawrelak Park Amphitheatre. Photograph by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia

Michael Rault, in the meantime, introduced his terrific longhair band up from L.A., taking part in Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac-vibed songs, with a contact of southern rock. “For these of you who don’t know, Edmonton is my hometown,” he famous, taking part in the catchy Need for Nothing, his voice hitting some good Seaside Boys highs. Who Will You Name On? was one other goodie, as was his music All Evening Lengthy, which keyboardist Pearl Charles harmonized on. Her band performs the identical 5 p.m. slot Sunday, don’t miss it. Rault’s set ended with some wonderful guitar shredding on his new music Precisely What I Wanted, and it was cute to see his dad Lionel Rault operating round taking images up entrance. Dads!

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Sixth band, at 6 p.m., was the moderately unimaginable rock four-piece Basement Revolver, with singer Chrisy Hurn up entrance.

“We’re from Hamilton, Ont. — sorry,” they stated, pondering we hate Ontario, which is absolutely extra of a dumb Calgary vs. Ottawa factor, proper?

Dynamic bassist Nimal Agalawatte was a pleasure to observe, and guitarist Jonathan Malstrom appeared like he was having the time of his life as he blasted via the band’s epic, Pixies-meets-Alvvays songs, Hurn even shrugging via breaking a nail after they bought down in entrance of an amp and summoned some depraved suggestions.

Nimal Agalawatte, left, William Fachin and Chrisy Hurn of Basement Revolver at Purple City 2022.
Nimal Agalawatte, left, William Fachin and Chrisy Hurn of Basement Revolver at Purple Metropolis 2022. Photograph by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia

They ended their set with a pleasant crowd up entrance and the tent-scorchers Heavy Eyes and Tunnel Imaginative and prescient. I dug them a lot I purchased a file. Nice band. Yay, Hamilton!

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“It’s like coming again to a high-school reunion after being away for the final two years,” famous Spencer Morphy, lead singer of charming and nice The Velveteins. “It’s good to be again.”

These native dream poppers have been much less metallic than the band earlier than them, however songs like Love in a Trendy Age and the swirly, Nineteen Fifties Make It Via have been completely pretty, and the group was up and dancing, simply glad to be collectively as soon as once more in a sea of nice music.

Exterior the gates and throughout the little bridge the entire time, to not be forgotten, a wholly totally different type of trippy DJ social gathering was taking place regardless of the clouds and wind and whisps of rain, together with DJs Dunmore Park and Dane. Individuals walked backwards and forwards between amphitheatre units and hung round and danced, and it was good to modify issues up. This fest is really bursting with potential.

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Lastly, the weird, hyper-danceable mayhem of Sacramento social gathering band !!! (Chk Chk Chk if you wish to look them up on the www.) Led by the staggeringly enjoyable Nic Provide — the kinetic reply to what a child born of Alice Cooper and Gene Principe would appear to be — the solar set simply in time for the strobes to come back out, and Pearce had a specifically designed, stereoscopic present taking part in on the display behind them, additionally handing out red-cyan 3D glasses to the group, a pair inevitably ending up on Provide’s face as he repeatedly sang from the group and atop the folding orange seats in his loopy shorts.

“While you’re carrying very quick shorts you must be very cautious if you get again on stage,” he laughed, repeatedly beckoning folks to bop. “There’s nothing else to do, the meals vans have left!”

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The opposite star of the six-piece was Meah Tempo in a golden-glitter gown, singing via the rooftop in varied numbers, together with the great Dancing Is the Greatest Revenge. Guitar participant Raphael Cohen additionally sang on a couple of numbers, together with Un Puente, the place the Spanish felt extra like a Slavic social gathering anthem.

He even gave a shout-out to on-site clothes vendor Love Object for the wild orange jacket he purchased.

Meah Pace, left, and Nic Offer turning up the heat near the end of the !!! show Saturday at Hawrelak Park.
Meah Tempo, left, and Nic Provide turning up the warmth close to the top of the !!! present Saturday at Hawrelak Park. Photograph by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia

The disco funk One Boy/One Woman led to the even funkier NGRQ, then they got here out with Slyd as an encore, which included a hand-crank siren, and why not?

On a day that felt like summer time fell over and gave approach to fall, it was wonderful to really feel such human warmth. When you missed this legendary present, perhaps be sure to not make the identical mistake Sunday.

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