The Billy Talent concert was pretty decent. There were quite a few people who seemed out of place there such as 10 year old girls and women beyond the cougar idiom, I’m guessing because BT is more of a mainstream band, but I’m not sure. I didn’t really know anything about them besides the fact that they have four members and that they have a single out (even though I know the entire album like the back of my hand). I’ve never even seen one of their videos so actually seeing what they looked like, to put a few faces with the music, was pretty interesting. They played about half the songs from the album, and Benjamin was able to work the crowd up pretty well.
A band called Crowned King opened first and they had a fun ska derived sound with a lot of well composed harmonies, but the lyrics that I heard were a turn-off.
The best part of the show, however, was the second opening act by a band called Death From Above, who used to be on the Sound-Virus label and are now on the Ache Records label (which also happens to be the label for Hot Hot Heat). It’s a band with just a drummer (the vocalist) and a bassist, but the sound is extremely full and well rounded. It’s extremely blood pumping, adrenaline rushing, great sounding music and I would have bought an album at the concert if it was available. They’re completely a no-bullshit band who tried to start shit with security for kicking some people out during their set. They started talking about how much of a bigot Glen Danzig is, and then making fun of the crowd for having no fucking clue about who Glen Danzig is after cheering from a mention of the Misfits. Just goes to show how many people at concerts are complete poseurs. I’ll definitely be looking into Death From Above because I believe that they’re Canadian as well.