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Bend Sinister goes all Canadian 

Vancouver band Bend Sinister joins Regina’s Library Voices and PEI’s Paper Lions at the Seahorse, Friday night.

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Bend Sinister goes all Canadian

With its fourth album in tow, Bend Sinister has embarked on a month-long venture with two other Canadian bands. While Bend Sinister took shape in Vancouver, Library Voices call Regina home and Paper Lions represent Belfast, PEI.

"If people are happy with the lineup, they should enjoy Library Voices, Paper Lions and us as well," says Dan Moxon, the band's frontman, who's excited to feed off the collective fan base. "It's nice to go up to their neck of the woods and play their crowds."

He acknowledges that, in the beginning, the band faced some challenges. Things are clearer now, and the band's profile is increasing.

"If I look at myself five years ago, I totally thought I knew what was what. A few years pass and you realize you're just an idiot," said Moxon. "If I could have gauged exactly what the industry was about, then we would be massively successful," he added.

Like most bands, the guys from Bend Sinister had to sacrifice a few things to expand in their market, including becoming the opening act for the upcoming shows. To Moxon, that's justified; it's been five years since his band played a half-empty Pavilion.

"I'd way rather play a full room for no money than play an empty room for a $500 guarantee," he admits. The financial aspect of coming to Halifax was just too daunting for the small band from out west, too. "You just have to make sure that it's worthwhile," said Moxon. "There's no better way to do that than putting a tour together with bands from the west coast, the east coast and the prairies."

So now a total of 16 fan-hungry musicians will be heading to the Seahorse on October 8.

"We thought about taking a picture of all the people on the road, and tell fans we'll go to their house and have an insta-party," jokes Moxon. "We have enough people to have a good time and find free places to crash." –Mick Côté

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