Montreal Buzz: Breaks-ups, Make-Ups And No-Shows

Happy New Year to everyone who hasn’t heard it enough, but before 2001 slips into the distant past, let’s look back to Dec. 28 and give a big round of sarcastic applause to Toronto’s Sully, who turned up their noses at Barfly’s sound system and refused to play.

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- Jan 11, 2002

Happy New Year to everyone who hasn’t heard it enough, but before 2001 slips into the distant past, let’s look back to Dec. 28 and give a big round of sarcastic applause to Toronto’s Sully, who turned up their noses at Barfly’s sound system and refused to play. Exasperated organizer/Sully-friend Chloe Lum says she gave ample warning about the popular dive, and the band, who got a nice write-up in the local rag, was deeply grateful for the gig, until the very last minute. Hey, maybe next time they can play a double bill with the shabby violinist at Sherbrooke metro? If he’s available. And, speaking of the frantic ball of energy that is Chloe Lum, her experimental punk rock band Da Bloody Gashes is no more. The cookie crumbled when drummer Louis Boutin quit to focus on his other band Les Georges Leningrad, soon to tour Europe supporting Quebec’s Genesis cover band The Musical Box. Yep, prog rock is still ruining lives, but Lum and co. will persist with other projects, as well as organizing a series of Saturday matinee benefit gigs ("for DIY charities") in the loft above Barfly. Watch this space… And it seems the break-up of angular ’80s rockers Mishima has a silver lining in the form of spin-off band The Model Children. Ex-Mishimas Liam Maloney and Nick Robinson join The Marato’s Samir Malal and Scott Freeman, along with Andrew Johnston (formerly of Ottawa’s The No-Shirts) and longtime local scenester Simon Nixon (The Paper Route, Perm, Kissing Cousins) on vocals. With their live debut just around the corner, these boys are keeping mighty busy prepping and pill-popping (probably). Lucky Montrealers may get a peek at the big alien head of Angelina Jolie, in town filming Beyond Borders, an epic love story co-written by Oliver Stone. One sequence, set in 1984, will feature a band playing The Clash’s "Should I Stay Or Should I Go," and what local talent was recruited for this movie magic? Well, transient celeb bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur, for one, along with her former bandmates from the now-defunct Tinker — Jordan Zadorozny (also of Blinker The Star), Steve Durand and Eric Digras — as well as Blinker The Star’s Kelly Scott and singer Sam Roberts of Sam Roberts And The Secret Weapon, who promote their new EP with a gig on Jan. 18 at the Jupiter Room. And for all you armchair romantics, don’t miss The Dears on ARTtv’s "Bande à Part" (channel 31 in Montreal) tonight (Jan. 11) at 6 p.m. and again on Wednesday Jan. 16 at 11 p.m. EST. With the recent release of a reluctantly authorized comp of early (Brit-pop pastiche) recordings, The Dears’ six are bound to be steaming mad, or at least moderately tortured, so tune in to the ongoing drama. To conclude, I leave you with a simple stat: the latest Bran Van 3000 album, Discosis, is currently selling for $7.99 at HMV. Discuss. —Lorraine CarpenterLorraine Carpenter is our new Montreal Buzz writer. She comes to us with all sorts of neat hipster credentials. You can read her column bi-weekly.

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