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Friday, December 23, 2005

The Earlies

The Earlies

The Earlies have finally reached America!

About a year ago, I found it necessary to listen to The Earlies’ Beta Band-ish opus, “Morning Wonder,” at least seven times per day. Of course, I craved more, but unfortunately, the rest of their recorded work wasn’t available outside of Great Britain.

Oh, but there was a light at the end of the tunnel! Thanks to our wise friends at Secretly Canadian, not only was These Were The Earlies released in America, but The Earlies finally had a reason to tour our vast continent. This fortunate turn of events landed them at the 400 Bar on December 9th, 2005.

Local rockin’ singer-songwriter, Matt Marka, opened the show. Not who I’d expect to open for The Earlies (the 400 Bar always does that), but his set was enjoyable, nonetheless. As an added bonus, Matt brought along an extra Christmassy sweater so he and a lucky audience member could match. Aww.

Matt Marka

I had the opportunity to see The Earlies earlier this year during SXSW, but due to some major technical difficulties, their showcase was cut down to about four rushed songs (fortunately, I befriended some old college buddies of The Earlies’ vocalist, Brandon Carr, who kept me thoroughly entertained throughout the long downtime). I’m convinced that The Earlies’ misfortune at SXSW was still fresh in their minds, and they reentered America with the intent of proving themselves to any skeptics. At the 400 Bar, they certainly played like a band that had something to prove. Their spot-on harmonies, and swirling instrumentation made for a superb performance. Thanks in part to the absence of any technical difficulties, The Earlies confirmed that their live show definitely lives up to their excellent recorded work.

The Earlies

The Earlies @ Maggie Mae’s (SXSW): March 17, 2005


Blogger Driver2165 said...

Matt Marka is a punk ass bitch, with worse friends.

10:42 AM

Blogger Lee said...

Did I catch a hint of sarcasm? Is it safe to guess that you’re buddies with Matt? [If not, I apologize – I’m totally not trying to imply anything about your character.]

12:04 PM

Blogger Driver2165 said...

nope. his music is fine, if bland, i just don't like how he and his friends treated julie doiron at the turf club, and i'd take half a julie doiron over four thousand matt markas any day.

5:55 PM

Blogger Lee said...

Perhaps they were just jealous. I mean, we all secretly wish that we were Canadian, don’t we?

6:31 PM


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