Sometime a few weeks back, I had a chance to check out a newish local band at Governors Pub and Eatery. I’m always excited to see new acts from Cape Breton and especially acts with a younger cast. These bands seem to have a certain element that’s missing from the usual suspects we see weekly around the city. I’m not entirely sure how to pinpoint it, but I think it comes from a place of being able to play music because you love to play music and not for any of the other reasons like a (small) wad of bills at the end of the night, a good review in a local arts and entertainment rag, a nice smile from the lady across the room, or some kind of bragging rights.
Dirty Rabbit Choir is just a bunch of kids playing music and they’re totally okay with that. I’m not sure if they’ve fully come into a sound that is their own yet, but they’re well on their way. What unites a somewhat diverse set of songs, I think, is a sound that harkens to the music they would have cut their teeth on when first heading out to all-ages shows in their early teens. With that in mind, their set struck me as a weird sort of déjà vu, it was like something you thought maybe you could have seen before, but you know full well it’s brand new.
The songs are catchy and quirky; they’re loud, they’re soft and they’re well-crafted without being too well-crafted, if you’re picking up what I’m putting down. Individually they’re each great musicians, in fact you’ve probably seen some of them playing before with indie-folk darlings The Den Scholars. But make no mistake, musically this is different; it has a power and recklessness that scrambles up underneath the melody in the best way.
The band is your standard fare, four-piece band—a couple of electric guitars, electric bass, drums and a bunch of guys singing. They’re not reinventing the wheel with instrumentation, but really, the whole big band thing is getting boring anyway. Four pieces is plenty, not to mention the door split goes a little further at the end of the night.
Do yourself a favor and head out to the Elks Lodge this Friday night to catch the band playing with locals A.S.A. and Lazyhorse (Neil Young Tribute). The Elks Lodge is located at 101 Bentinck Street and the night will get underway at 11 PM. Cover is $5, bring and ID.
Check out a live video of Dirty Rabbit Choir on youtube here: