Concert Review // Still Life Still @ The Garrison

Still Life Still // The Garrison // 20.09.13

Still Life StillIt’s nice living down the street from the Garrison, especially on nights such as Still Life Still’s album launch party. With bands in the back room and a DJ spinning the party tunes in the front, the Garrison was packed, although the 4am last call might have also had something to do with the immense draw of people.

The night started off well enough, with Heartbeat Hotel opening with music that sounded like some of Broken Social Scene’s more instrumental songs, but ended on a much more ambiguous note. Dinosaur Bones followed, still eliciting the same indie vibe that recalls bands such as the strokes; a popular and much-loved genre.

But the band that most of the crowd had come to see, including some iconic Toronto indie musicians such as several members of Broken Social Scene, Still Life Still, who humbly accepted the attention. With the individual, unique sound, they reminded me of no one.

The night was a coming together of Canadian indie music, a celebration of Toronto. The party was a reunion of sorts, with members of Heartbeat Hotel and Dinosaur Bones milling with the crowd, amongst countless other people from the city’s fashion and music industries.

It was easy to see why the band believes their albums improve with time and experience, a topic I expounded on during out interview. Each song worked like a piece of art, a story that unraveled before the listener. The amount of attention to detail spent on each song was evident in their multi-layered complexity, with more layers presenting themselves with additional listens. The album uses repetition to its advantage, building upon itself. Mourning Trance is a courageous step outside the box, which Still Life Still uses fully to their advantage

Some bands become popular in a matter of years, but it’s those, with the passion for making music that fame all too often sucks out of bands, who regardless of time make music that can span 30-40 years. In other words, Still Life Still creates music that will last, because of it’s uniqueness and individuality. There are bands that hit a certain level of fame and then sputter out, but I am confident in my assertion of the fact that Still Life Still, with its gradual and progressive rise to notoriety, will stick around for years to come.

Emily Fox | @foxyfoxe

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