Sunday afternoon Nathan and I headed out to The Pavilion, Halifax’s all ages venue, to see a show by Gamma Gamma Rays, The Sleepless Nights and The Most Serene Republic. There we met up with three of Nathan’s friends and settled into a small crowd of indie kids. It was strange to see a live show while it was still light out.
The Gamma Gamma Rays were a fun surprise, opening the show with scrappy indie pop. They paled compared to the two following bands, but I wouldn’t mind seeing them again. They’re Halifax locals, so I’m sure they’ll pop up again.
Since first seeing them live, I haven’t been able to stop listening to The Sleepless Nights; I now rank them as my favourite local band. Sunday they were superb, treating us all to some great new material. Their songcraft is exceptional, with A. A. Wallace being a formidable frontman. Through to the end of “Godspeed You Deathwolf” there wasn’t a lull in the greatness of their sound.
I didn’t have much of a sense of what The Most Serene Republic would be like live, though I’d been listening to them for a while. I was impressed by their performance, a tight and immersive experience, though not entirely accessible, much like their albums.