NoMeansNo / Greyhound Tragedy / The City Streets Starlite Room, Edmonton AB March 29
Published Apr 19, 2007How many times have Tom, Rob and John played to these same bricks? Punkin out the Bronx in the 80s, sending off the Rev in the 90s, and now melting our minds at the Starlite they are the forefathers of this nations living scene, the summit of all grandpas. Storming on with the freak-faced "Im An Asshole after old and new vibes from Greyhound Tragedy and the City Streets, NoMeansNo conjured musical sorcery Id never heard before. With a vibrating and inexplicable combination of John Wrights drumming, Rob Wrights taped-together bass and the three-string rhythm of Tom Hollistons Gibson Standard we heard somehow a new sound: a ghost horn section. Amazing! Spanning at least seven albums, the set levitated the legends past their creaky limitations. Especially when some drunken water-head leaped on stage, sleeveless Rob seemed road-weary, but ultimately told that idea to stick it with two encores. The veteran kept grinning, hand high, saying, "Remember: boom! Hits included "The River, an escalating song fit for a Mt. Olympus kegger, and the delightfully sentimental "In Her Eyes both sung by the buzz cut-sportin Rob as he sprayed his own collected saliva from the microphone chamber. Notably, "2 Lips 2 Lungs 1 Tongue snapped into a cover of "Jailbait, too. The bricks crackled with recognition. I also never appreciated how much ladies dig Holliston moving those lips under those glasses; the floor in front of him was positively greased with other peoples girlfriends losing it. Three bands, three left-handed guitarists, one happy crowd. Take your Harmers and your Hips, your Geddys, your shitty number bands NoMeansNo are still the best act in Canada. How many years must we foolishly wonder if this shows their last, that punk here could finally admit no future?