Saturday, October 8, 2005

Tabloid Headline Of The Century: 'It's Not SARS'
Seriously. Every newspaper in this city should move to the tabloid format, if only so there's a greater chance of headlines like this occurring. Also from now on, all news of possible disaster should be reported in terms of what it is not. Helps us appreciate that things could always be worse. 'Government Not Entirely Corrupt.' 'Mats Sundin Not Blind.' 'Apocalypse Not Nigh.' And so forth.

Anyway. We mention this only because it was cause for much giggling this evening after the Tangiers show, which we will now discuss (segue!).

We believe it was on the Oasis episode of Behind The Music that Pete Townshend said he thought Liam Gallagher was 'extraordinary looking.' Not being British or Pete Townshend we probably can't pull off a similar remark, but, if we were either or both, we would say the same of Josh Reichmann, lead singer of the Tangiers. At present, he's a cross between Cosmo Kramer and the young Bob Dylan. It's remarkable really. Nearly worth the price of admission on its own. Assuming you're the sort of person who actually pays to get into concerts these days.

Anyway. We came to several conclusions during this evening's show, at least a couple of them concerning the Tangiers. First, they are probably one of our ten favourite bands (not to be confused with the list below) and, come to think of it, we should probably sit down and attempt to decide our ten favourite bands. This will be much harder than the list below. But arguably more interesting. And insightful. At least for us.

Second, the Tangiers, more than any other band in this city, actually remind us of Toronto. Now, we generally hate it when, for instance, people (smart people) attempt to define, say, a 'Canadian' sound. Generally this means Joni Mitchell and Neil Young. And long-winded discussion of open spaces and isolation and snow. Generally such stuff is accepted as insightful and true even if it ignores approximately 99% of 'Canadian' music, most notably failing to account for Sum 41 and Moxy Fruvous and Snow. Generally it sounds nice, but doesn't really say much about anything except how little anyone can say about this country. But we're generalizing.

Anyway. In spite of this, for whatever reason, we always come away from Tangiers concerts with the same idea - that there's something inherently 'Toronto' about them. We concluded tonight that the best rationale we could offer for this was that they sound confused and perhaps frustrated. Not particularly in a bad way. Quite the opposite in fact. But confused and frustrated all the same.

Then we read this week's Now cover story and discovered that they sort of agree. To wit:

"There's an English element, there's an American element, and then because we're not purely either one, there's an inherently North American element," analyzes Sayce. "And you feel kind of left out and confused by that.

"That's very Toronto. It's a sophisticated metropolis, so you do have the comforts of having a world-class identity, but you're also a satellite city that revolves around some of the big meccas. I think that floats into the subject matter of our songs."

Our vague notion reinforced, we're calling it a night.

(On a side note though, why isn't this band like, you know, bigger? Or at least slightly more adored? And why does the entirety of their website appear to be this?)

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