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Feeling the Hot Hot Heat with Hey Rosetta! and Rich Aucoin

Hey Rosetta! at The Mod Club
Hot Hot Heat, Hey Rosetta!
Rich Aucoin
The Mod Club in Toronto, ON
October 8, 2010

Review by: Katie Christensen
Photos by: Pete Nema, Amanda Fotes


This great Canadian trio of acts had the potential to be the best way to wrap up a summer of great concerts with Hot Hot Heat, Hey Rosetta!, and Rich Aucoin prepared to treat a packed Mod Club to not only one, but two nights of killer performances in Toronto.

Just two days earlier, the same combination of bands played a night in Hamilton. The review here is from the Friday night in Toronto, but we have photos from both Hamilton and Toronto.

Hot Hot Heat

The dense crowd shuffled into new placement in the sticky Mod Club as Hey Rosetta! fans allowed the die-hard Hot Hot Heat crowd to move forward and share in the view. Hot Hot Heat are known for their rock infused party anthems and fans were not expecting a subdued show, but a bouncing, sweaty, smelly good time. To start off the party they opened with “Talk to Me, Dance with Me,” an oldie but a goodie track off their award winning album Make Up the Breakdown. However, when they started into “YVR”, the first track off their recently released album Future Breeds, in a matter of moments you could see how far this band's sound has come. Future Breeds, the fourth album to come from these Vancouver natives, shows that some good things take time as this is being hailed as their most thrilling and well-produced album to date. It’s a spontaneous and energetic album capturing the late-nineties Vancouver punk scene in which this band was conceived.

The lighting was limited and some of the microphones were spitting some harsh squeals but the boys didn’t seem fazed, nor did the crowd as both groups were feeding off each other’s amped energy. Steven Bays (vocals, keyboards) had an intoxicatingly high level of animation and excitement, thrashing about the stage and using his keyboard as a dance partner. One audience member received an extra amount of attention from the band, receiving a handshake and then later invited onto the stage. Why, you ask, was he granted such access? Well friends, he was dressed in a lime green full body-suit, and when I say full I mean head to toe covered in electric-green spandex.

The band played some old favorites like “Running Out of Time” and new gems like “Goddess on the Prairie”, which is in my opinion one of the best song off their new record. It exemplifies the true spirit of the album, which is about embracing the immediate, being in the present, passionate and sometimes embracing the flaws. Not to mention it offers a glimpse into how the lives of the band members have changed thorough the years as Bays wrote (and recorded) his first positive love song, awww.

As the band started into their inevitable encore performance, audience members jumped onstage creating a mob of out-of-step backup dancers. The crowd roared with excitement as the green man tossed his bodysuit onstage at the end of the show, leaving on only a pair of leopard boxers – meow.

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Toronto

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Hamilton

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Hey Rosetta!

When I first heard Hey Rosetta!’s LP Into Your Lungs, produced by Hawksley Workman and shortlisted for the Polaris awards last summer, I instantaneously fell in love. Together, this six-member band from St. John's creates such moving and beautiful music; it is truly amazing that they have only been together since 2005 as their sound is polished, mature, and cohesive. It is a wonderful combination of delicate cello, violin, and piano melodies layered with up-tempo rock guitars, bass, and drums. Throw in Tim Baker's raspy voice and poetic lyrics and the listener is treated to an extraordinary experience.

They played favorites like “There’s an Arc” which Tim started off singing soft and acoustic and as members emerged onstage grew into thundering bellows and booming crescendos. Along with “I’ve Been Asleep for a Long, Long Time” which showcases a wonderful string and piano interlude before kicking back into full gear with a wicked guitar solo.

The crowd sang and swayed along showing their appreciation for these wonderful musicians not wanting the performance to end.

Toronto

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Hamilton

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Rich Aucoin

I was beyond excited to see my friend Rich Aucoinopen the evening. The first time I became acquainted with Mr. Aucoin was when I had the privilege of interviewing him when he played at the Tiger Bar for his EP Public Publication release party. I feel it pertinent to mention that it was a Halloween party, in August. That night, when Rich started performing I immediately became a fan. How could I not be? His sole mission is to create a euphoric experience through his music which depends on community involvement. Rich wants to get every last person in the house to start chanting his lyrics which were all designed and engineered to invoke feelings of joy.

His latest album Public Publication is worth exactly $3.96 on iTunes but took more then 500 Musicians and took 2 years to create. The songs are surprisingly simple and catchy with some Daft Punk and Flaming Lips vibes, with a Canadian kick. He is much more then just a musician, he’s a connector of people, sounds, ideas, and enthusiasm.