Published Feb 21, 2008A preface: Paul Arnusch is smartly dressed in black, waiting on stage with the Faunts in front of every geek in town at Video Games Live. The Jubilee Auditorium orchestra is winding down. The brass was playing the theme song to some made-in-Edmonton software called Mass Effect, which cleverly ends with an uplifting Faunts song thats at least one part rocket fuel. Suddenly its the little bands turn to add this single moment of hipster cred to a chattering, nerd-filled concert hall, which smells of fast food skin. Its an intriguing moment. As they play the tingly "M4 Part II in the big room, its at the height of their powers so far a basement-band-gone-internationals homecoming ceremony. But Arnusch never sits still, and theres a funny contrast here: Just a couple weeks before, in a small art gallery on the edge of frozen downtown, we saw for the first time his new project assembling, the Whitsundays. Unlike the sometimes-noodly vibe of the Floor or the Faunts, the Whitsundays are a tight throwback to semi-psychedelic 60s pop, part Zombies, part Turtles, part Magnetic Fields. Lots of confused songs about the behaviour of girls. With his group of A-list Edmonton touring band superstars, Arnsuch lowers his sax and looks around with expectation and pride as the dreamy, harmony-heavy songs he played almost solo on the debut CD begin to flower live, expanding roughly yet beautifully. On bass is Lyle Bell, he and drummer Clint Frazier borrowed from Shout Out Out Out Out, showing remarkable restraint. Bell is also in the Wet Secrets, as is Doug Organ playing keys. Aaron Parker and Nick Johnson play guitars on stage left, and as the night of pretty whispers wears on, the lads begin to bump into each other like rutting unicorns theyre grinning but they also want to win the match. Drinks spilling off the stage, Arnusch face down on the floor laughing, its at this point the Whitsundays become real to us, and the line between the band and the dancing gallery crowd vanishes. We can all personally vouch for them now: theres a party to be had amid this lyrical delicacy.