Hinterland Band Mission Santa Cruz, Montreal QC September 30

Hinterland Band Mission Santa Cruz, Montreal QC September 30
Opening for the Dear's were Hinterland Band (not to be confused with Hinterland) playing original alt-country songs with shades of ethereal art rock. Probably students of the school of Wilco, these four lads from Ottawa had their fair share of sing-along gang choruses and guitar pedal/synthesizer tweaking to accent twangy leads and poppy, overdriven chord progressions. However, the band didn't exactly seem to strike a chord with the majority of the audience. Though a skilled vocalist and brainy lyricist, the frontman's awkwardly long silences between songs had fans of the headliners sitting six deep in front of the stage to mark their territory. Not a strikeout, but not a home run either.