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Huron: Not Just a Great Lake

Huron at The Garrison
Huron
Rituals
The Garrison in Toronto, ON
February 18, 2011

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

Huron is a yet another reason to be interested in the Hamilton music scene these days.

Huron

Huron is a Hamilton-based band consisting of four musicians, all with reasonably impressive musical resumes, who have come together to play music that is two parts heavy guitar rock and one part country-rock, with a dash of 90's alt-rock—think Black Sabbath mixed with The Band, glued together with a little Thrush Hermit. Overall, it's hard rock, but there's enough other bits and pieces in their music to prevent it from sounding the same or overworked; quite the opposite, the melding of these styles produces something engaging.

Some of the songs have Aaron Goldstein sitting and standing between verses to switch between the sweet sound of his pedal steel guitar and his Gibson SG, while he and Cam Malcolm pass off and/or share vocals. It all comes together with amazing skill, and although the stage show is a little gentler than their music, they make up for it with brain-pleasing guitar riffs, great vocals, and strong drumming and bass.

The two songs "The Big Dig" and "The Biggest Dig", both from their self-titled album, represent Huron at their boldest. Like their album, the set was paced nicely, with the bigger songs flanked by some of the more lenient material, such as "Chicken Wing," an order that created just the right amount of tension before the strong finish.

I recommend you give Huron a chance by listening to a few songs all the way through; even if the thick guitars aren't quite your thing, you might find they complement the other musical styles on the album in a way you're not expecting.

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