Auto Racing/ The Painted Birds / Bedroom Biography Zaphod Beeblebrox, Ottawa ON June 16

The first decade in the 21st century has delivered myriad artists that have sounded divergent while maintaining to keep their sound conspicuously Canadian. Conversely, the post-New Pornographers/Broken Social Scene/Arcade Fire movement has also delivered a new variety of Canadian artists, whose influences are far less worldly and more genre specific. Monday’s showcase at Zaphod Beeblebrox brought together a trio of acts destined to exemplify the Creationism-style of Canadian indie rock. Leighton Bain, the Toronto-via-Windsor singer-songwriter opened the show accompanied by drummer extraordinaire, Texas expatriate and Rick Rubin former assistant, Dave Gray. Renaming his band Bedroom Biography mid-tour, Bain’s approach to songwriting largely misses the mark. Although Bedroom Biography’s presence and deportment remained suggestive, Bain’s songs lacked the personality and candour that makes a truly great singer/songwriter appealing. Vancouver’s the Painted Birds managed to sonically motivate the audience from note one. Although singer/guitarist Dominique Fricot’s sleek melodies proved to be unspoiled, his songwriting appears more eminent than emotional. The Painted Birds most distinctive characteristic was the juggernaut guitar playing of Josh McNorton. The Painted Birds lead guitarist, balanced the band’s prosaic songwriting with a wholly unbridled style, co-starring as Nels Cline or perhaps, Guy Picciotto alongside Fricot’s Adam Duritz. Ottawa bass and drum duo Auto Racing closed the show starring songwriter Cosmo’s six string Rickenbacker. Auto Racing’s set demonstrated a band aspiring to simply, "sound like Primus,” if nothing else. From Cosmo’s Claypool-esque speak-sing-scat to his jaw-dropping bass theatrics to his stork-like stage movements, Auto Racing’s sound played out more tribute than love-letter. Fortunately speaking, each of the three bands are still in the early stages of finding their true musical inspiration. Proof that the Canadian indie rock scene has and will always grow faster laterally than it does logically. Daniel Sylvester