Marlaena Moore Last Best Brewing & Distillery, Calgary AB, January 29
Published Jan 30, 2016Night Two of Big Winter Classic kicked off with Edmonton's Marlaena Moore and her band performing indie rock songs influenced by grunge and reminiscent of '90s Bettie Serveert. Moore's three-piece band powered through a variety of songs from her catalogue, including "Sidekick," "Gaze" and her quirky ode to the "24 Hour Drugstore." These bass-heavy songs were accentuated by the pedals Moore used, allowing her to vary her improvisational textures. Moore's throaty and passionate voice soared on songs like the multi-octave "Feel It."
Her performance was one devoid of ego, as she played older material such as a song she told the audience she had written about a celebrity crush at age 15. Occasionally, Moore pushed her vocal cords too far, but she and her band continually reeled in their sound to retain a steady rhythm and pulse to the music. Her confidence and stage presence drew listeners in to the charming world of her songs.