Generals have fought for spies like you

Dashed off to Thekla the other night, in the distinguished company of habitual gig-buddy Coleser, ostensibly to see Canadian rock icons theBesnardLakes, but in reality much more excited by the prospect of seeing fellow Canucs, the magnificent Suuns.

In the end, it really was a dash from the car park to stage side as we heard promising sounds eddying from the famous old boat, and just about made it on time.

I love Suuns; and I may as well say now that Zeroes QC may well be my favourite record of the year. They were great (and phenomenally loud) at Green Man and the prospect of seeing them bring their blend of edgy, sneery, post-punk tunes to a small dark space was truly mouth-watering. Numbers were disappointingly thin, though, and the atmosphere never quite got going which was a terrific shame, really. It was all over rather too soon, as well, the briefest of half hours disappearing in a flash (an edgy, sneery, post-punk flash, mind).

Having said that, the songs were good, and they played “Bambi” which was a new one to me, although I think it’s out as a single or something. I just couldn’t believe it was all over before it really began…

In due course, the place filled up, theBesnardLakescame on and did their thing, which was pretty good in places, but a bit dull at times. They’ve certainly got some strong songs and there’s a lot to be said for being immersed in high-volume noise for an hour or so, but none of their new material (what there was of it) really impressed.

Apart from that, not a lot to be said, apart from the obvious fact that Jace Lasek looks like Ian Hunter, and the less obvious fact that beneath his shades he appeared to be wearing eye make-up. Ho-hum…

I recorded some of the set, and I’ll leave you with a couple of mementoes of the evening (one new track and a couple of great favourites)

Bambi – Suuns

Arena – Suuns

Disaster – Besnard Lakes

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