May 14, 2006

Islands, Grant Hall, Kingston, 28 February 2006

Posted in bootleg, mp3 at 8:52 am by rgsc

I just about fell off my chair when I first heard that Islands were going to be opening for Metric when they came to Kingston at the beginning of the year. As I was eagerly anticipating the release of their album this came as exceptionally good news to me. Islands lived up to expectations – playing slightly off-kilter, rather pop-y and extremely well crafted songs. The crowd was by and large there to see Metric and Islands were the second act on the bill (Holy Fuck performed first and kicked our collective asses with their awesomeness). I would guess that they were largely unknown by the majority of the people there, but nevertheless the audience was pretty into Islands. While it was kinda weird to be closer in age to the parents than to the kids they brought (ok, maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but not much), I will say that this all-ages crowd was there to rock-out and have a good time and Islands certainly held their attention.

Islands played an excellent set, featuring songs off the forthcoming album as well as a number of non-album tracks. But the show ended rather strangely…and abruptly. Stories have been coming out about the end-of-show antics from their current headlining tour (leading the crowd "pied-piper style" out of the venue to start a dance party or shirts & skins basketball game outside etc.) but this time it wasn't a happy ending. As you will see from the banter, Nick was making a big deal out of crowdsurfing. This was due to a large sign taped to his monitor which explained the policy they were enforcing at the venue – if you got caught crowdsurfing you would get an "X" put on your hand in black marker, on the second time you get a second "X" and if you did it a third you got turfed. What the StuCons who dreamt up this sytem didn't take into consideration was that it meant you could do it twice with essentially no penalty (something the Metric boys brought up, in case anyone missed it). Being naturally anti-authoritarian, Nick egged the crowd on throughout the set, taunted the StuCons, and, at the end of "Abominable Snowman" jumped into the crowd himself. This wouldn't have been a problem except he dove into the worst section of the audience imaginable: that consisting mostly of tiny girls who, being the die-hard Metric fans, waited for two hours in the cold outside the Hall so they could be front row centre. Their skinny arms could not support Nick. He fell, got back onstage and stormed off [see photo below – he's in there somewhere].

It is my impression that they did not intend to end their set quite so soon as the rest of the band looked rather surprised at Nick's leaving (one Islander, Jim Guthrie, i believe, said we hurt Nick's feelings). I wasn't able to get a setlist to see if they infact were planning on playing longer – you will note they didn't play "Rough Gem," "Swans," "Don't Call Me.." or other great tracks from their album. At anyrate, it was a bit of an odd ending to an otherwise great show.

As per usual, this is an audience recording made on analogue tape. The quality is pretty good better after I tinkered around with it a bit in Audacity there is only a bit of tape hiss remaining [Note: Others don't seem to agree about the quality of this. I suggest you check out one track before you download the whole thing]. Not enough, I think, to be too worried about but I figured I should let you know what to expect. If you are in Toronto next weekend go see Islands in action yourself in what is probably the best non-festival bill of the year – they are playing with Busdriver, Cadence Weapon, Frog Eyes and Sunset Rubdown.

Islands, Grant Hall, Kingston, 28 February 2006

1) Intro: The Ghost of Grant Hall.mp3 (1.8 MB)
2) Bucky Little Wing/Humans.mp3 (6.73 MB)
3) crowdsurfing and feedback talk.mp3 (1.93 MB)
4) I'm Not Crazy.mp3 (4.95 MB)
5) Volcanoes.mp3 (6.72 MB)
6) Holy Fuck and Metric talk.mp3 (2.14 MB)
7) Come Into My Room.mp3 (4.1 MB)
8) crowdsurfing is evil talk.mp3 (1.74 MB)
9) I Feel Evil (Creeping In).mp3 (5.6 MB)
10) exams and tom and katie talk.mp3 (2.1 MB)
11) Tsuxiit.mp3 (4.45 MB)
12) Tender Torture.mp3 (5.68)
13) how many times will you crowdsurf? talk.mp3 (2.1 MB)
14) Jogging Gorgeous Summer.mp3 (4.22 MB)
15) the sign is ripped and we are graded on our crowdsurfting talk.mp3 (1.92 MB)
16) Abominable Snowman.mp3 (5.9 MB)

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  1. shane said,

    Great show. It’s a pity they didn’t play Swans though. Thanks!

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