November 24, 2006
Habitat, Grad Club, Kingston, 17 November 2006
Photos by BramptonBoi taken at Sneaky Dee’s, Toronto,20 November 2006
Last Friday I went out to see Canada’s Best New Band only to hear that their van broke down outside of Toronto. While it was disappointing that I didn’t get to see Ohbijou, the trip to the Grad Club was more than worth while as the supporting act, Guelph’s Habitat, stepped up to the challenge of headlining and were absolutely fantastic. Habitat is Sylvie Smith and John O’Regan who both play keyboards and sing. Backed by ipod-based beats, they dish out some rather retro and very poppy, fun songs. Despite their synthy veneers, these songs aren’t pure confection, however. There is real weight and emotion in their vocals, particularly in their standout set closer “Next Year”. The duo’s harmonies are wonderful – with Smith’s vocals being particularly notable for their warmth – and they are extremely tight. The six-song set was augmented by a game of Kingston-based trivia which Smith and O’Regan put together before the show. Although the questions weren’t that tough (or we were all just really, really smart) it was fun to play along, even if my table did totally get screwed on the prize front. Some people in the audience need to learn how to share their candy. Anyway, with their combination of three of my favourite things – boy-girl vocals, trivia and candy – Habitat put on a really great show. Check ’em out if you have a chance.
7) When You’re Gone (Bryan Adams cover).mp3 [removed 29 Oct 2008 following a DCMA request by Web Sheriff on behalf of Bryan Adams…yeah…]
11) Next Year.mp3
Habitat have an stunning ep in a beautiful hand-made sleeve which I am sure they will sell you if you contact them through their myspace page.