Nich Worby, The Elwins, Clockwize Sound
On Tuesday night The Indie Lounge at The Mansion welcomed Nich Worby, The Elwins and Clockwize Sound
For as many years as Nich Worby has been playing in Kingston this was the first time that I have watched him live in concert. This was the firs show that he has played since his return to Kingston after leaving for a couple of years. His lineup was a four piece and he included a member of the Gertrudes on Accordian. What was interesting was they have only played with an accordion for a couple of songs so it was more or less an experimentation set as well. During the set you could see Nich’s set I would say at best was turned into a live practice. The songs which they did play were good but the drummer was having a little problem keeping within the same tempo and missed a few key points in a couple of the songs. My favourite drummer “oops” came at the end of a song when it was suppose to be a fade out but he finished out the song with a hard loud ending. For the people who were in attendance already we got treated by the band as they were trying out a couple of songs which they never played before live. As their set was coming to an end a few more people had trickled in to watch the last couple of songs.
There is one thing about the Indie Lounge band lineups is the fact that each band every night is going to sound completely different. Right from the start of their set The Elwins set started to raise the energy in the room. Going into the night I had an idea what their sound was going to be like as they are from Newmarket. Now if you are familiar with the music scene a little bit you may notice that Newmarket almost has its own Genre that has been exploding lately that has given us such bands as Tokyo Police Club. The Elwins carry a similar sound but without the Keys and have slight more Rock sound to their songs. One Notoriety with their show and overall sound which I have to say is the fact that the Bass is the key factor in what makes their songs. Throughout their set I found myself listening more and more to the Bass groove of the songs than anything else. There was one song however which I took my ears off the Bass and listened to the lyrics was the song which the Drummer had the band write and record for a waitress which he fell for one day. The Elwins also had a nice blend of different genres which they blended in with their set. One commonly known band which I can safely say they sounded like during a couple of songs would be The Sadies, because of the “Surfer” style guitar playing, The Bass jumped around a little bit but mostly it had a eighties retro sound. During their set they played songs off of their EP, and also tried out a couple of new songs as well for their upcoming album.
Clockwize Sound finished out the Indie Lounge night, they were able to fill up The Mansion a little bit more with their own crowd following. It took them no time in setting up for their set which was a definite plus. After hearing Clockwize Sound play now for the third time I can’t wait for them to actually release their debut album. What is interesting about their sound is their variety of songs, they have Ska, Rock, and Punk and they do not settle on one specific genre. They were the only band during the night to get a couple of people on the dance floor in front of the stage, even though it was only for a couple of songs. A couple of their songs which they played were pretty much impossible not to find your self induced within the song and finding yourself moving at least one body part along with the rhythm. One of their songs which they played which was more favourable to me was “Feelin Fine”; this song is also one of the easiest chord progression songs which they played during the night. After their set the crowd wouldn’t let them leave without a encore song, to which they obliged and they played a song for the first time live to officially end their set.