Published Apr 27, 2019Self-describing as a band with "sad songs played loudly," Halifax's No It's Fine braved highway detours and high water levels to make their first trip to New Brunswick, for a Friday (April 26) set at Flourish Festival. Here, Cailen Pygott's lyrics oscillated between the self-critical and self-effacing, bouncing off of and sometimes breaking the fourth wall. "All of the time I spent making up people for you to be / Wasting my summer with sitcoms and Bond movies," he sang, over the driving bass and punchy rhythm of "Indie (500)."
No, It's Fine had a tight grasp on dynamics throughout, with many a seamless stop-start on songs like "Crutches." Lockstep instrumentation elevated these inviting, diary-style entries, with a wall of guitars and inspired percussion tipping a cap to mid-2000s indie rock and post-punk. Pygott's rhythmic vocal delivery likewise held this energetic, melodic band tightly together.