Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans Rock Victoria!
March 1, 2011 1 Comment
Sunday. In Vancouver. Went to the Canucks Super Skills at Rogers Arena. 3pm it ends. Skytrain back to Surrey. Grab some food. Rush to the 5pm ferry. Ferry is packed with people. Got into Victoria at 7pm. Left the ferry terminal around 7:20pm. Got to my place at 7:50pm. Doors at 8pm. Picked up my friend Mollie. Arrived at Sugar Nightclub at 8:30pm… What a rushed day!
I was really excited to hear Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans because I love the Weakerthans, and have never seen them live, or have I heard about Jim Bryson. So I thought this would be a really sweet concert to check out. I was thinking about going to the Vancouver show on Saturday night, but decided to go to a Vancouver Giants game instead. I decided to make Sunday super rushed and catch the show in Victoria instead.
Jim Bryson teamed up with The Weakerthans and recorded a CD, The Falcon Lake Incident. And now they’re doing a cross Canada tour.
The night started with a local band called Siskiyou. They’re a four-piece folk rock/indie band from Victoria (well, most of them are from Victoria). I’ve never heard of these guys before, but they sure got my attention. They had a really chill folk sound. The kind of music where you can enjoy while sitting down with a few friends while having a few drinks. There were a couple of songs where they rocked out. They also switched up instruments for a bunch of songs which was really cool such as guitars, drums, vocals, xylophone, banjo, keyboard, melodica, and even a hand saw. It’s always great seeing a band with such diversity in instruments.
Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans, a folk/indie rock band came up on stage. The only person missing was John K Samson (lead singer of the Weakerthans) which was really too bad. But they started their set with “Raised All Wrong” – a very simple, short, guitar song with vocals and harmonies. Once he finished this, I knew it was going to a great night. They were also a very diverse band when it comes to instruments. They had guitars, bass, drums, steel lap guitar, keyboard, and trumpet. They continued to rock the stage with a bunch of upbeat songs – definitely impressed with their stuff. It sounded like The Weakerthans but with a Jim Bryson twist to it which was cool because their sound was almost familiar. They ended their set with Wild Folk where they totally rocked out – lots of energy! What a great set! The lights go dim, but the crowd wanted more. Jim Bryson comes back on stage alone with his Gibson SG guitar. He played a really amazing song which I wish I knew the name of. But it was a real beautiful song. Really chill… The band then came back up on stage, and they played two more songs. They ended on a song called “Freeways In The Frontyard”. That was the only song I’ve actually heard from them. What a great end to the night. It felt complete…
Thanks for the amazing night! The music still lingers in my ears and the CD has been playing over and over again ever since the concert. Songs that stood out: Raised All Wrong, Wild Folk, Freeways In The Frontyard, Up All Night, and Decidedly.
Here’s a clip to Freeways In The Frontyard:
For more pics from the concert, you can check out my Flickr page.