February 3, 2008

Rock Plaza Central, Alehouse, Kingston, 21 November 2007

Posted in bootleg, mp3 at 5:17 pm by rgsc

Chris Eaton of RPC at Barrymore’s, 27 June 2007 (part of the Capital Idea! Festival) by Menomena.

Those of you who have been reading my little site for a while may know that I am rather fond of Toronto’s Rock Plaza Central, who I talked about here and posted a live set here. My 2007 was bookended by RPC shows: I saw them in Ottawa in January and then in Kingston at the end of November. I enjoyed them a great deal the first time and I think they sounded even better the second time around. Their music remains beautiful and gritty, passionate and funny, smart and ecstatic. It is joyous, raucous, literate and features horns, strings, and lyrics about robot horses. Really, is there anything else you could want? Eaton delivered his lyrics with gusto and sincerity and the band (Scott Maynard, Donald Murray, John Whytock, Blake Howard, Fiona Stewart, Rob Carson) were spot on, despite arriving from Toronto after driving through a rather terrible snow storm a few short minutes before taking the stage. They quickly set up and, with essentially no soundcheck, tore through their set. And they sounded great to boot (as much as I generally dislike the Alehouse, formerly known as AJs, the sound has been really quite good the last few shows I’ve seen there). If their amazing rendition of “Anthem for the Already Defeated” posted below doesn’t make you want to immediately go out and by all three of their cds then you are no friend of mine. Rock Plaza Central are taking a bit of a break and are planning on recording an ep for the summer and then a full length for early 2009. I can’t wait to hear/see what they do next.

Rock Plaza Central, Alehouse, Kingston, 21 November 2007

1. Gutterdance
2. john did time here (talk)
3. I am an Excellent Steel Horse
4. just getting warmed up & wrong song (talk)
5. My Children, Be Joyful
6. How Shall I to Heaven Aspire?
7. yeah, mandolin (talk)
8. Anthem for the Already Defeated
9. Fifteen Hands
10. robot horses &/or having sex (talk)
11. Mount Up and Ride/We’ve Got Alot to Be Glad For

Be joyful. Get youself RPC’s cds (order online via their myspace or digitally through Zunior). And your bookshelf would not be complete without Eaton’s novels. Still don’t have your RPC fill? Then check out this amazing show from CBC’s Fuse (best program on the radio? quite possibly) where they played with Tafelmusik.


  1. Josh said,

    Thanks so much for this and the other RPC show… really enjoyed listening to both the Kingston and Ottawa sets! Sadly, missed the Kingston show and found out about it the day after… but (sneaky news – don’t tell anyone) they’re coming back in April hopefully…

    Are you coming out to the Entire Cities/RAA show at the Artel on Sat? Hope to see you there…

    Josh (accordion – Entire Cities)

  2. rgsc said,

    Hey Josh – its too bad that you missed the show but great news that they might be back in April (and don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone). I certainly plan on taking in the Entire Cities/RAA concert – you guys put on a heck of an event and I wouldn’t want to miss it. Cheers. r

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