Heat Cabaret de la Dernière Chance, Rouyn-Noranda QC, September 4

Heat Cabaret de la Dernière Chance, Rouyn-Noranda QC, September 4
Photo: Kevin Jones
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In an era of rock music high on nostalgia, it's tempting to be cynical about a group of millennials playing jangly songs about the year 1975 — they're kind of asking for it, really.
 
Mile End's Heat have received this criticism, and while it's true that the music they make recalls the casually iconoclastic proto-punk we romanticize today — singer/guitarist Susil Sharma's conversational baritone is particularly evocative of an early Lou Reed — they're also updating the form with a more maximal production demeanour borrowed from the dream-pop of the '90s, working at a hybrid that sets them worlds apart from & Nico-era VU.
 
Surrounded by band mates carefully adjusting pedal settings and adding harmonies to his songs at a packed 1 a.m. Cabaret de la Dernière Chance set last night (September 4), if anybody watching Sharma's band arrived with suspicions, they probably didn't go home with them.