Yesterday after work, I rushed over to Soundscapes to catch the beginning of Dog Day‘s in-store performance. I couldn’t stay long because I had to rush off again to a play my roommate worked on, called Hansel and Gretel Losing it in the Woods (take the name seriously – it was the trippiest and artsiest thing I’ve seen maybe ever).
Anyways, it took a bit for Dog Day to set up which I figured would happen, but once they started out it was great. I had been listening to their album Concentration all day and I was stoked just to be there for a few minutes. Dog Day is a great little Canadian band from Halifax, NS. They combine great shoegaze chord progressions and Seth’s vocals remind me of a best friend’s reassuring and concerned speeches while Nancy’s are like a little bird that sits on your shoulder. Concentration definitely has a more up-beat tone to it than Night Group did, and I like it. But let’s never forget the wonderful track “Lydia.”
This was the first legitimate musical gathering I’ve been to since returning from London a month ago; I’m not counting the random country band at the Dakota last week followed by sitting at the Press Club listening to a woman play pretty bad acoustic songs. That was just entertainment. It’s sad how many great concerts I have missed since being back and how many I’ve missed out getting tickets to. Thus why I like in-stores.
Dog Day garnered a hefty crowd within the first three songs, which made me smile. I noticed a couple familiar faces. It was also the first time I’ve been in Soundscapes since being back. I’ll have to return soon – it’s definitely my favourite Toronto music store.
Here’s a video for “You Won’t See Me On Sunday,” off of their latest album, Concentration.