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October 31, 2001 - It's a live!

Epsilon Minus - Live Show Review by Rabies

Just saw the first live show of the local (local to Toronto, Canada) band Epsilon Minus. This act is a duo consisting of Bogart Shwadchuck (I probably just butchered his last name) on the synths and programming, and Jennifer Parkin on vocals. Their music is varied, but primarily darkwave / electro / synthpop (correct me if I'm wrong on the damn genre labels!).

The show took place at the Velvet Underground. This being their very first public performance of any kind, the show was very minimalist. No special lights, no effects, no stage decor. It was just Bogart on one side with two synths on a rack, and Jenn on the other with the microphone stand.

The music was very competently composed and programmed. Most songs had a good dance energy to them and almost had an Apoptygma Berzerk vibe, but with female vocals. (Shoot me if this comparison is offensive to anyone).

The vocals, dare I say, failed in their delivery...at first. It was obvious that first time jitters coupled with the pace of the first few songs, made it difficult for the vocals to truly stand out, but by the 5th song--their first slow song of the night--Jennifer had time to catch her breath and put alot more into it, and it was here that we could see the true potential of her as lead vocalist.

The last two songs of the night were very energetic, fast and danceable tunes that will no doubt be successful on the club circuit, and by this time Jennifer had warmed up and did not hold back on the vocals. I have to question the balance of the levels throughout the show though, as the music seemed to drown out the vocals a bit too much (and this is the case on their independantly released CD as well).

Overall, Epsilon Minus promises to be a success story, especially considering that they are already being courted by several record labels. Check out their website here: http://www.damnyouleeb.com/epsilonminus/

 

October 17, 2001

Added 8 more reviews to the Music Exile, including Megadump (sounds like something I do after too much Taco Bell) and four reviews of L'Ame Immortelle.


October 16, 2001

Fixed some of our long-broken site features such as the SEARCH (found to the lower left column) and the MAILING LIST. Unfortunately, the original mailing list is GONE. You will have to re-subscribe to it, unless you are registered in the message forums. Those users are on the mailing list already.

Industrial Music News In other news... Canadian electro-industrial band Epsilon Minus is set to make their debut with their first album and a live show at the Velvet Underground in Toronto. I've had the pleasure of hearing their old single "Wasted Years" way back in February, and it was very promising. What I have heard now from their website, is very polished in comparison. No doubt this band will make waves beyond our little canuck neighborhood. The live debut is on October 30th, devil's night.


October 10, 2001

Added 8 reviews to the Music Exile, including reviews of Hocico, Heavy Water Factory, Inertia, Gooding and more.


 


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