Published Sep 01, 2003Worthless United kicked off the show with a bang, with their unique and catchy punk rock style. Next up was the Forgotten, a mohawked ensemble branching out on elements of old school and street punk. While staying punk rock by occasionally cursing at the crowd, the Forgotten continued to stir the audience with sophisticated and socially conscious punk. Though well received, the Forgotten seemed a little out of place in a clean, cushy, air-conditioned club and would fair better at a more intimate venue. Hot Water Music followed by doing what they do best: organic-sounding rock with punk edges. HWM is a tried and tested true favourite in Montreal, as fans crave their signature grungy guitar riffs and throaty vocal melodies. This night's set, however, seemed to wear the band out, as they didn't play as enthusiastically as they had in past performances. Though crowd favourites "Turnstile" and "Radio Free Gainesville" added a little spark to the set, for the most part the performance was a little stale. Luckily, the Bouncing Souls brought the energy back up by reaching out to both old and new fans. Lively, charming and so darn catchy, the Souls kept the crowd dancing by surprising them with older songs and amazing covers, like their version of "Just Like Heaven" by the Cure. The band closed the set in traditional Souls fashion by inviting the audience onto the stage for the closing encore. Most of the crowd jumped at the chance, making it impossible to distinguish where the actual musicians were, but quickly turning the night into one giant punk rock party.