Montreal’s Polaris Prize finalists are in town Saturday, for what is essentially a festival-in-a-night at The Republic.
Local bands of kin Family Video (Best new local band of the year?) , Pockethands (local punk favourites!), Ghost Pills (the best local band you maybe haven’t heard yet!), and Boat Haus (Trophy winner of The Overcast’s Overnight Sensation Award!) will take the stage before Solids.
If you don’t know Solids, just picture two people intoxicating that primal part of your soul that just wants to drink and thrash your body to solid music. Here’s a song off their album, Blame Confusion, called “Cold Hands”
Their latest album, Blame Confusion, came out independently in 2013, but they were subsequently signed to Dine Alone Records/Fat Possum , with a record label re-release in early 2014. They’ve kept busy the last year touring North America with some stops at some epic festivals, like Osheaga, SxSW, and Pop Montreal, and now they’re coming to a bar in St. John’s.
Popular media, and the band’s own bio, compare them to Grunge-era pioneers Sonic Youth, but today’s showgoer is too young for that reference, so think instead of what Japandroids meets The Constantines might sound like, and yes, Solids are really that good.
One review cut to the chase, “Their impressive album Blame Confusion is insanely energetic, densely packed, and completely catchy.” They have a knack for singalong, anthemic hooks, washed in the energy, grit, and distortion of their genre, comparable to, say, Yuck’s debut album.
It’s hard to believe a duo can have a sound so thick, but they do, and they know how to pull it off live, with a moderately complicated technical set up, so expect to feel 100% alive and certain you’re in the right bar this Saturday night.
Solids’ Blame Confusion is right up there with 2014 offerings from Cloud Nothings and Eagulls for the Loud Album of the Year. Here’s another track, “Haze Away.”