By Divine Right The Ship, St. John's NL, April 24

By Divine Right The Ship, St. John's NL, April 24
Photo: Vish Khanna
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Who better to bring a mighty love explosion to the Rock than By Divine Right? There is no sunlight in St. John's, I think ever. Maybe once. But BDR and Jose Contreras radiate so much warmth and positivity, it made up for the dreariness of the world outside of the Ship. "I Will Hook You Up" never sounded like such a heartfelt promise, the band shining together onstage with indie-rock might. There's something about this club that brings out the best in powerful pop bands of By Divine Right's vintage.

The crowd is reverent and celebratory and the band responded in kind with curious, funny and cool songs. And closing with a sweetly arranged cover of Stompin' Tom's "Moon-Man Newfie," while getting away with evoking the Canadian N-word? Priceless. The show was a gentle reminder that few bands in Canada bring the party like By Divine Right. They felt good, we felt good. What else is there?

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