In April, Halifax’s Floodland released It’s The Fire, which featured the single “Old School,” a perfectly named rock jam for this four-piece rock band. Across the universe of their releases, Floodland brings classic pop sounds into modern indie rock, like a revolver.
To shake it up, baby, Floodland’s been covering legendary Beatles songs in live performances. With other modern songs, Floodland might be the city's best Beatles cover band.
Tonight at The Carleton Bar & Grill ($5, 9:30pm), Floodland will play their original jams, plus some Radiohead, Alvvways and Morrissey covers. But they’ll also play the entirety of Abbey Road, an album that’s iconic not just for its artwork, but as the last recorded record by the band (recorded after the already tracked but later released finale, Let It Be). Abbey features the most of George Harrison’s Moog synth; it's the first album without a cohesive narrative; it’s the last with a Ringo Starr solo. It might not be your favourite one, but it's so heavy.
I talked to Lauchie Headrick, Floodland’s Macca, to get the Mersey beat on tonight's show.
Q: I know you’re the Paul, but who in the band is each Beatle?
A: Deep down, I think we all wish we were Billy Preston *cue organ solo*
Q: Why Abbey Road? Why did you choose this album?
A: Abbey Road is just one of those albums, you know? A classic. We’ve all had a moment with it. Also, Abbey Road is the only album with “Octopus’s Garden," so it seemed like the logical choice.
Q: Last month, you did Beatles Night at the Casino. What did you cover?
A: What didn’t we cover? We played about three hours worth of material, which equals out to about 3,245 songs. It was a magical evening. Journey was also playing at Alderney Landing and we could hear “Don’t Stop Believin’” across the water. The music gods were smiling on us that night.
Q: When did Floodland start following the sun as a Beatles cover band?
A: We’ve put this together about three or four times now. It started when we heard that The Stogies did a Rolling Stones tribute show. The Stogies are our rivals. We had to do something.
Q: Why do you think these songs are so precious almost 50 years later?
A: That's an excellent question, Adria, and I’m not sure I have the answer to it, but I think that it really says something (for itself) when a group of sweaty indie rockers in 2015 can dig into these songs from the 1960s and discover new sounds and inspirations.
Q: Any Beatles moments? Thousands of teens chasing you in alleys? Got a Yoko?
A: Typically, after a Beatles tribute show, the only people chasing you through alleys are thousands of old men wanting to discuss the bass line in “Something.” Occasionally, we get the odd blister on our finger. And we are now having open auditions for the role of Yoko. Please contact.