Dirtbombs / CPC Gangbangs La Sala Rossa, Montreal QC - July 12, 2003

Double rhythm, topless dudes, girl fights — now there's a rock show! First came the garage thunder of CPC Gangbangs, featuring players from Montreal's incestuous rock'n'roll posse. Del-gators/Sexareenos singer Choyce teamed up on guitar and vocals with the Daylight Lovers' Paul Spence, aka Deaner in FUBAR, who stripped off his cowboy shirt early on (does he wax?) and revved up the crowd with that faux-Southern yelp favoured by Jon Spencer and Dick Valentine. At CPC's last show, they cut the cover in half for patrons on acid, but tonight two of their friends disturbed the shit with a scorned woman brawl, a little mess to launch the Dirtbombs set. Ah, Detroit rock'n'roll. Ex-Gories singer Mick Collins made it look easy beside bassist Jim Diamond (Jack and Meg's old engineer), second bassist (and KO and the Knockouts front-woman) Ko Shih, and a pair of drummers. With big rhythm and periodic guitar squalls, their mishmash of garage, R&B and soul was hard but loose and oh so fit for dancing. Covers of soul and Motown classics (not the obvious ones) shimmied with originals, with Collins's cool and clear vocals aided and abetted by both Shih and Diamond, who sang lead on "I'm Through With White Girls." This was loud noise and fun times, the motor city way.