LV 5 volunteer Alyson Samson give us the run down on tonight’s early show: Long Night with Vish Khanna
“Vish Khanna is at it again. The Friday Night Talk Show will be full of fun and foolishness. A huge hit at last year’s festival. This year features Suds frontman Lee Hanlon, author Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Erin Turcke of Raymond’s Restaurant, and the trio of Icelandic performing artists in residency at Eastern Edge – they’ll all take the stage for a chat with Host Vish Khanna from Exclaim! Magazine. As well, throughout the night artist Amery Sandford will be live on location drawing. And really, if the house band is The Burning Hell – you wouldn’t dare miss that.”
Check it out! Eastern Edge, doors at 7pm, show starts at 8pm $10 (all ages)
Exclaim! Magazine’s (and longtime friend of the festival) Roberto Granados- Ocon on Montreal based outfit Suuns:
” Suuns’ Images du Futur is one of those go to records for me. It’s a great party record and it’s a great soundtrack for playing video games. Images du Futur is one of those records where you hear something new every time you hear it. That is probably the one of the reasons why I love seeing Suuns live so much. Every set is a new experience. When Lawnya Vawnya announced it’s lineup I was stoked to see Suuns on the bill, and I had saw them live in Toronto just a couple of days before.
First thing you’ll notice when you walk into the Ship is the wall of amps, and yes, Suuns are a loud band. I definitely advise you bring earplugs to the show, but the volume of live show is not for the sake of being loud, really the intensity of the bass and feedback is a part of the experience. The sound gets a hold of you and it gets you moving, you’ll be swaying to songs like “Edie’s Dream” and flat out dancing to “Pie IX.”
Suuns’ albums are full of odd sounds and riffs that they some how manage to make work within a song and seeing them perform those songs live is quite the trip. Don’t miss them Thursday night at the Ship.”
Catch Suuns/Walrus/ Mooch- Thursday, April 23, The Ship, 10pm, $20 or entry by festival pass (subject to capacity).
Local Singer Songwriter Joanna Barker confesses her love for Mauno & Vulva Culture:
” You know in Bjork’s “I miss you”, she sings, “You are gorgeous, but I haven’t met you yet”? That’s how I feel about any of Nick Everett’s projects. I’ve been a fan of his work for years now, so much so that I am comfortable calling it gorgeous before I’ve even heard it. And that’s exactly how I felt about his latest project – Mauno. Upon actually hearing it, I was chanting that part in Bjork’s ‘Pagan Poetry’ – “I love him, I love him, I love him, I love him”.
Too much? Whatever. It’s really great. I cannot wait to see them at LV this year.
Mauno are eery and dreamy at the same time – but not nightmarish. They braid haunting harmonies through tight rhythms. And there’s this powerful trembling quality to Nick’s vocals and melodies that melt me. As if he’s on the edge of tears because he’s seen something truly great and is bursting to tell you about it.
Mauno released a split with Vulva Culture in February of this year and it’s a very sexy lullaby.
I had a crush on Vulva Culture as soon as I heard their band name. I’m going to go ahead and say that their misty layered harmonies, guitar effects, and otherworldly melodies create a very phantasmagorical space that I want to night-swim in forever. If I had to leave that watery dream, it’d be to slowly strip for a lover in the shadows of an outdoor fire. Seriously. I’m listening fireside right now and I want to invite my ex over to slowly make out for hours. That’s the sort of magic these tunes carry. Sexy, a little dangerous, hot and aqueous. I feel like I’m being called by sirens. And not only do I want to follow their voices, but I want to call back.
Remember at last year’s LV, Snowblink invited the audience to slow dance to their last tune? I predict slow dancing during Vulva Culture’s set. And I will likely be making out with whomever stands beside me. So be warned. Or, come on over.
Cool Fact: The drummer for Snowblink is Stephen from Omhouse (who also played LV last year). Omhouse, Mauno & Vulva Culture have toured together.”
Catch Vulva Culture along with Quidi Video/Jonny and the Cowabungas on Opening Night, Wednesday, April 22, at The Republic/ PWYC
Here’s what Lawnya Vawnya Co-Founder Dave Lander has to say about LV 5 visiting artists WEAVES:
” I was thinking the other day about the amount of live music I have seen. Whether it is for work or for pleasure, I have probably been to an average of 2.5 shows a week for the past 5 years. Let’s say those shows average 3 acts each. That means I’m averaging approximately 7.5 acts a week, 420 a year and just over 2000 for the past 5 years. So I have seen a bit of music.
Flat out, Weaves are unquestionably among the top 10 live bands I have ever seen.
Like most great things, it’s hard to describe what makes something so great. Weaves are innovative, tight, captivating, mesmerizing – I’m trying here, but sometimes words just don’t cut it. With 4 exceptional talents bringing 4 exceptional voices to form the Tour de force that is Weaves, they are truly distinct and unique. At times they are heavy, at times light – often in the same instant. At times achingly beautiful, other times it gets a bit ugly – again, Weaves can somehow accomplish these feats simultaneously.
Some of you will dance your face off and some might want to crowd surf. Then there are those that will be stuck in the jaw-dropped trance-like state resembling the one they always bring me to within 30 seconds of starting their set.
Weaves is one of the best live bands to emerge from Toronto in the past ten years and I can’t urge you enough to go, see Weaves and get in on Canada’s best kept secret (for now).
Just make sure you are ready to have a new favorite band.”
You can check out Weaves/ Suds/Slick Nixon on Friday April 24/ The Ship/10pm/$15 Cover