Wide Mouth Mason with Silverosity
Wide Mouth Mason with Silverosity
I was a little skeptical at first on how many people were going to be in attenadance mostly due to the fact that there was not a large lineup when the doors opened. I still made sure that I was pretty close the front of the line being only fourth in line. The Mansion slowly began to fill up before the opening band Silverosity took to the stage.
Silverosity now here is a band which was a huge surprise. Going into their set I had watched their video online for their first single called “Sugar” so I had an idea what they sounded like, but when they took to the stage their live show exploded from the stage. Tony’s vocals was a definite power behind the bands success. They quickly and quietly got up on stage and plugged in really before anybody took notice and by looking around and listening to the response that they got when they said hello you could tell that around half of the audience already in attendance was there in support of Silverosity. They played their lead off single further down the set than what I first anticipated that they would. To me it wasn’t their own songs which really made their mark but was their cover of Boston’s “ForePlay/Long Time”. When I first heard Tony starting up the song I thought he was teasing the crowd a little bit but when he went right into the song there were a few cheers and a comment “Ballsy” came out from behind me. I was just thinking to myself if they miss any of the timing or the vocals in the song the rest of their set would have gone down with it. Halfway through the song you could tell that they had become seasoned with all of the songs aspects. They hit every crucial timing mark and Tony nailed it with the keys and vocals, Even Dean nailed the timing down with his guitar. They also didn’t forget to add in the hand clapping as well when it was called for. By the time the song was finished they had everybody cheering for them. Tony still wasn’t done making his mark with his keyboard skills as they played their song “Deaf or Blind” I wasn’t too fond of the vocals during this song yet I was left watching Tony go up and down on the Keys as if it was nothing at all. Dean found his way filling in the front portion of the stage which Tony had left vacant for his keys. The interaction between each band member was alright but they were almost stuck in place for most of their set. When they finished their set there were getting cheers for and encores from the entire upstairs. I thought they were going to be allowed to play at least one more but they got shut down by the sound crew.
This was the second time which I have seen the new Wide Mouth Mason the first time came about a month ago when they played in Toronto with Big Sugar for Canadian Music Week. I am still shocked that they have one of my favourite guitar players of all time playing bass for them. I pretty much do not need to write down who their new bassist is since anybody who has been following Canadian Music should already know the answer. During their Toronto show they stayed closer to their newer songs which they now have recorded and are getting set to be released. But I am still in favour of their older songs especially since they are the songs which have made me a long time follower of the band. They opened up the night with one of my favourites “Why”. There will be videos popping up on the site for the next few days as I get time to upload them all. As they played their new songs Shaun was thankful for the audience excepting their new songs and giving them the time to let them play them for us. There is something about the name Gordie Johnson and the word Loud that always comes together when he plays live. This was the loudest Wide Mouth Mason show that I have ever been to. The next morning the back of my eyes felt as if they were going to pop my eyes right out of their sockets. This show was also ranks around one of the loudest shows that I have been to at the Mansion before. The way the stage was set up and from where I was standing it felt as if Shaun was playing a private show. The stagecraft which Shaun plays out through his guitars is something which just has to been witnessed live. For anybody who has watched a WMM show before you should know that they usually do not stick to the formal recorded format of each song so as Shaun extends his songs his theatrics especially during his slide guitar is what make me keep coming out to all of their shows. I am still taken a little astray by watching Gordie not taking lead in a band but as I talked to him after the show he says that “there is no difference to me if I am in lead or not” but as you watch him play you can see that he is out there enjoying himself playing Bass. Also another note I have to make is he only has TWO bass guitars. I am always amazed by the size of guitar racks which he brings on stage each time that I see him play. My favourite guitar of his is still his white Double Neck with The Canadian Flag on it. I was looking forward in hearing Shaun slip in “Superstition” again during the night but instead he slipped in “Foxy Lady” during “My Old Self” making the song run just past ten minutes long. Gordie also got to add a little Big Sugar as well by slipping in “I’m A Ram”. About halfway through their set I felt a bump from a older guy trying to get through and since I was standing there all night long I really was not going to let someone try and push me out of the way but I could hear the guy yelling “Jason” over and over again. Then he handed Shaun a piece of paper and left, about ten minutes later he appeared again but this time yelling “Mason” and “Big Mouth Mason” enough to the point where Shaun said that he was busy and the guy said something else which I couldn’t hear and left. Shaun after that asked what did he do.
Another one my older favourite songs which they played was “Change” I’m still amazed how Shaun can keep his vocals so high especially nearing the end of the song when he really lets out the title of the song. During most of the older songs you could hear the audience singing along with Shaun. They did take notice during one of their songs and thanked the audience for still knowing their music. Safwan’s usual lyrical portion of their show was left off the set this time around. He did sing a couple short lyrics but nothing like he use to sing. Wide Mouth Mason finished off their set with “Smile” but came back out onto the stage to play “Mary Mary”.