Day 5 Return to the Spill
After the worst breakfast I've even half-eaten at The Perth Restaurant (cheese slices should never be
passed off as cheddar in an omelet, and home fries should not be
gray/brown) we jumped aboard another bus and headed further away from
I really like The Spill, the coffee shop/art gallery/bar that we were playing at. The owner, Dave is a
real cool fella, they have an awesome room above the bar for the
bands to stay in, and they have really good beer on tap (Publican
House and Churchkey Breweries).
We were sharing the bill with Erica Mah, a singer/songwriter from Vancouver who was joined by a cello
player Darcy McCord who also plays in The Burning Hell, who were
playing down the street with Wax Mannequin later on in the evening.
Erica had really great vocal songs with a keyboard/guitar/chimes
instrumentation, and Darcy was killer on the Cello.
There was a guy at the show who was selling his graphic art, he had just completed a Graphic Novel and
was displaying his work on the walls of the cafe. We got talking to
him and he brought out owen's first EP that he had bought in 2008 and
asked him to sing it (again) it was pretty cool to see the old
handmade packaging and owen's reaction to it.
After a great set by Erica, the crowd thinned out a bit, but there was still a good crowd out when we took
the stage. The sound wasn't quite as clear as we would have liked,
but it wasn't too bad. We started with the standard set (Wake, Snow
Squall, VW Van, Twig Eater) did a couple newer ones that are really
starting to come together (Old Man Lamons & Rubber Boots) and
finished with Medicine and Cheese on Bread. It was a good set,
unfortunately we didn't sell any cd's.
To finish the night was The Alaska Army Band, from Thunder Bay. They ripped through a set of dancey rock
tunes that would fit in really well at the Capital. These guys are
either planning on heading west in the summer or east, hopefully
we'll see them on the maritime side of the country sometime soon.
Preparing for an early morning, we retired after the show, turning down offers to go drink with the AAB
fellas, who had roots in Peterborough. Although we got up in lots of
time to catch the bus, our overall disdain for time lead us to miss
our first departure of the tour. We headed back to the Spill's band
quarters and made the time productive by turning the room into our
own little recording studio. Bed Tracks for the next Owen Steel et al
album possibly? We'll see.
We're now on the fully packed bus, owen is trying to nap, while I type and listen to some music that I
ripped from the bar. I like this time I have to type, sure is a lot
easier to get a blog done when I don't have to drive anywhere!! I'm
really excited for the one and only Nicole Levoir to meet us at the
bus stop. We don't have a show tonight so we're going to take
advantage of the CMW passes and go out and see some music!
Ta ta for now.
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