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Playing in the Meligrove 

The Meligrove Band kicks up some dust with its new release, Shimmering Lights.

It feels like The Meligrove Band is from Halifax. The indie gents have often been stylistically compared to this city's music scene, while newest band member Brian O'Reilly is actually from here---and a former member of Their Majesties and Brent Randall & his Pinecones. Drummer Darcy Rego even sports a Thrush Hermit tee in the band's new video, "Racing to Shimmering Lights." But they're from Ontario, and after a four-year wait for their just-released album, Shimmering Lights, we'll welcome them like they're our own. Catching up with bass guitarist Mike Small, he says the journey to Halifax has been fun---but slightly treacherous. "We ran over an elk in North Dakota," Small says. "A bunch of them ran into the road and all we could really do was pick an elk. In that moment it seemed like bus apocalypse was happening." Luckily, none of the guys---with Jason Nunes completing the foursome ---were hurt and the bus made it just past Chicago before the front end needed to be fixed. Otherwise, Small says everything's smooth running. Asked about the long wait for this new album, Small credits the loss of the band's rehearsal space, a disintegrated label (V2), searching for a new label and "crazy family stuff." But the band and the album made it, Shimmering Lights' melodical pop is highly addictive and Small says he's excited to get back to Halifax---albeit for a short time. "We're probably just going to line up all our friends from town, and do one giant high-five."

Saturday, November 6, Seahorse Tavern, 1665 Argyle Street, 10pm, $10

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