Why won't you be at Celebration Square drooling in Dallas Green's direction this Saturday? Because you'll be at the Paragon, swaying gently to Kuato's opening melodies and nodding your head in fluctuations directly proportional to the rising tension of its brooding post-rock ballads.
At Saturday's Winter EP release show, Kuato will again tease Halifax with its bare-bones approach to instrumental music, this time accurately representing the mood of our city between late October and early March.
"The winter sort of brings on a sort of hibernation," drummer Josh Pothier says.
"That would affect the music," guitarist Adam Toth contributes.
"You guys were trudging over in the cold," Josh adds. "You'd come into my basement and it was freezing out."
They feed off each other.
"Walk a half-hour to band practice," Toth reminisces.
"And when you'd get there, you weren't usually in a chipper mood," Pothier recalls and, after ripping on jam bands for a few minutes, follows up with: "I like to see how dark we can take it."
Did Dallas Green really suffer like Kuato has suffered? Did he derive his name from the slime-covered mutant baby that starred in Total Recall? Did he think up clever song titles like "Pet Seminary," "Schindler's Lisp" or, a favourite, "Aljazebra"? Did his father hand-craft stage lighting for this weekend's show using a strobe and strings of holiday lights?
Kuato can claim all this and more. Due to the peaks and valleys built into the band's suspenseful soundscapes, critics have compared them to Explosions in the Sky and others such as Mogwai and Do Make Say Think. You'll be there and, like one Kuato member who counts himself a City and Colour fan, you won't be missing out.
w/Union of the Snake and INSTRUMENTS Saturday, February 26, 7:30pm The Paragon Theatre, 2037 Gottingen Street $10
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