Teen Daze @ Clark Hall Pub on October 15th



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I don’t know where you were last night but if you weren’t one of the few of us at the Teen Daze show then you missed out.

These boys from BC dropped by Clark Hall Pub last night along with Camp Counsellors to mark the start of a mini Ontario- Quebec tour.  Shows in Kingston tend to be hit or miss; it’s the night of the week, rather than the band, that makes all the difference when bringing out a crowd.  The Tuesday back after Thanksgiving weekend is a quiet night as many students were locked in the library preparing for midterms and the few of us who made it out last night were in a lethargic post turkey daze. But these conceivably negative factors did not blunder the experience. Teen Daze took full advantage of the intimate setting and our lazy, dreamy state making it work for their performance instead of against it.

They focused on their latest album Glacier which is more of an experience than just a record.  It’s ambient. The intricate combination of sounds with very few lyrics creates something rooted in the present.  A Teen Daze show is not something that can be relived through a cell phone screen.  Especially after an unfortunate incident involving a laptop lead to a very special on the fly version of “Alaska”.  Talk about serendipity.

I left feeling as though I was invited to sit in on a private rehearsal. The special intimacy of the venue and Teen Daze’s humble demeanour allowed us to connect to the music and get to know the men behind it.  Their passion for their work really shone through.

The concert Gods have been smiling down on Kingston this fall and the shows just keep getting better and better.



Teenage Kicks @ Clark Hall Pub March 22, 2013


Clark Hall Pub house band Mountain City started off then night right with a tight series of originals and covers. Highs then took the stage for a very upbeat and fun set. Hailing from Toronto (and consisting at least in part of former Queen’s students), their three-part harmonies were impressive and on point. The levels were great, allowing vocals and keys to be heard overtop of the fast-paced rhythm section.

Teenage Kicks have undergone a significant reshuffling of their line-up: gone are both guitarists off the Be On My Side EP, with Keegan Powell now on lead and frontman Peter Van Helvoort also assuming guitar duties (concerning this change up, a note on their tumblr curtly says “don’t ask…let’s pretend the last 6 months didn’t happen”).

Theirs was a concise, 10 song set that started off loud and didn’t let up. Classics like “Brooklyn Bridge”, “Middle of the Night” and “I Get What You Give” still rang true, and were warmly received by the sold-out crowd. However, apart from those three songs the set was composed entirely of new material (presumably on their upcoming debut LP). It seems as though in their crusade for rock’n’roll revival, Teenage Kicks are increasingly abandoning the catchy guitar hooks and melodies in favour of heavier riffs and a generally more aggressive style. The songs were tight and the energy was there, but I can’t help but feel they could have played to their audience better. Either way, I can’t fault them for moving forward.