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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Review: Day Two, Halifax Pop Explosion

Danced so much last night I changed my shirt three times, yeah that makes sense

Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 5:37 PM

Okay Day Two. Halifax Pop Explosion. Almost went full Lamar Odom last night. Just kidding. Once again, I didn't do a full-city every-show tour for the sake of it. No, I spent the majority of my night at the Olympic Hall catching one of the best lineups to hit Halifax ever. Oh yes, last night was incredibly amazing. Ryan Hemsworth, thank you, bless you, that was so tight. 

No wait, let's start from the top. Got home from The Coast and made nachos with pineapple on them; it's really the only thing I can make. After my cheese-up, I walked a block to O-Hall for Vogue Dots. It was just 8pm so the crowd wasn't huge but that didn't stop anyone from enjoying Babette Hayward's beautiful voice over Tynan Dunfield's electronic beats and drumming by Nathan Doucet. They covered "Thunder" by Cousins and my favourite Vogue Dots song, "Way with Silence." Doucet on drums filled out the sound big time. Looove it. Slowly, people began filling up the joint. I went home several times throughout the night to drink a beer and change my shirt occasionally. Gotta stay fresh. During Suicideyear, we goofed around on the upper-level and starting swinging from the rafters until Security Guy told us to stop. We danced really hard to the Baton Rouge DJ's terror-jungle melodies. My only beef is that it felt early for that kind of club-turn-up, but it was still very sick and flowed well. At one point, I leaned over the railing and my buddy Jordan jumped from the lower level to high-five a storey apart. I hope someone saw that.

I think I ripped my pants during Skylar Spence. Formerly Saint Pepsi from Long Island, Spence really got things heated up, chopping Drake jams and Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" (and here's a 360 throwback: Pop Explosion 2013, Seamus Dalton of Monomyth played that same Mariah song from his phone into the mic just before a Monomyth song, and then Monomyth played last night after Spence. Not sure what that means but it's a cool coincidence, I guess). Anyway, I spent most of the summer listening to Spence at parties and in cars and it was so sweet to hear him perform some of his own songs live. Homebruh can sing. I also had a chat with Hemsworth about his Frank & Oak mix. If you're wondering (like I was), it was pulled off Soundcloud in the great Soundcloud copyright purge. I had 100 other conversations last night so if we talked, it was nice meeting you or catching up with you. Say hey anytime. 

Then Hemsworth came on and by this point, I was very "turnt" and I can only remember Miller Genuine Draft, screwed-up Fetty Wap ("Trap Queen") and my pants ripping more (#RIP). People were going bananas in the crowd. It wasn't even midnight yet and the dance floor looked like a hot bag of gummy worms. The thing about DJs is they need to have good taste, they need to know what people want to hear and they need to play off the crowd's energy. Hemsworth is a true talent at all three of those thangs. Thank you, dog, for your Secret Songs. I left a few minutes early to get to Gus' Pub, which (hooray) didn't reek like farts! On the way, I got into an incident at Needs (don't ask) and then muscled my way past the lineup around the block for Monomyth. 

Monomyth is one of my favourite bands in the world. But holy, Gus' was so packed. Elbows were flying like the clearance rack at a wedding dress sale and it was genuinely frustrating. But I got myself up front for the last few songs, which included "Cigarette," the one about falling in love with you again and Seamu's new one from their forthcoming album. There was some goofing around, since former bandmates Graeme Stewart and Matthew Peters were pulled onstage. Josh Salter mistakenly said AC/DC was from Scotland and I yelled "AUSTRALIA" and he said, "You think I don't know that, Adria?!" I'm really tired right now so I'm sorry this is gonzo. Well, I'm not sorry, actually, but what more can I say? You should have been there. Things got hazy for Walrus, which actually seems appropriate for the heaviness of their psych-rock. It was thunderous, really. I went into the glass casino to sit down for a minute, which turned into 15 minutes, and then we were wandering the streets looking for a party and I got cranky and went home. Maybe I'll catch a nap before tonight's shows so that I can provide some comprehensive coverage tomorrow but for now I just wanna nachos and chill. Check out Lenny's beautiful photos. See you tonight.  

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