Scene Bell, Montreal QC, June 30
The band entered without saying a word to the crowd, then launched into "Mr Monday" from the recent record. Unlike the record, which is marked by a heavy hand on the production, this was a full-bodied, tight band with great arrangements and excellent playing. The drummer was phenomenal, precise but intricate, and the horn section was also very accomplished, with sweet calypso unison giving way to avant-jazz soloing. Nevertheless, the crowd wasn't quite buying it: they needed a way into the music due to the language. So when Gonsalves called for a good old fashioned Trini jump up, people did so by the hundreds. This pogo-on-demand tactic got blood pumping and helped goose the energy level. Although the crowd never fully embraced the band, a positive impression was definitely made. I'm convinced that what Kobo Town needs to do is stick with it for a few years and let their complex sound sink in with Canadians and audiences' warmth will be forthcoming.
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