Words By: Raven Benwait
Punk rockers crowded outside Barrie’s very own Foxx Lounge Rock Bar & Hotdoggery for an exciting, small event. On Friday, March 25, Beaus Beer and The Foxx presented The Flatliners, The Socials and Starving Artists.
Prior to the show, it was announced that there would be a 100 limited quantity in the very small venue. In addition to this $5.50 pints would be up for grabs all night. It definitely sounded like a good night in advertisements, so many decided to travel from Hamilton, Toronto and even Waterloo for this show.
The venue had announced on the event page that only ten tickets would be up for grabs at 8:00 PM. Fans lined up infront of the venue and were turned down because apparently tickets were sold out during sound check. This was very unfortunate for the people who spent hours driving to the venue. I wish the promoters could have done a better job of making fans aware prior to travelling so far, and they should have waited until 8:00 PM (as announced) to be fair to everyone else.
Anyways, back to the show, the first band Starving Artists arrived on stage at about 10:30 PM. Vocalist Jesse Muldoon walked out with a huge smile, as he began his set with such a groovy feeling. As they performed I felt a great connection with the band; you could sense passion and love for music. I could hear a lot of Incubus type riffs, which I personally enjoyed. Their music is so smooth and well constructed, especially the instrumentals which are so in sync with one another. I admire Jesse Muldoon’s vocals – it goes beautifully with their music. Starving Artists is definitely a band worth checking out.
Now as I continued watching the show, I couldn’t help but notice the security that was quite rude. He was kicking many people out of the venue for various reasons. It’s a Punk Rock show, I mean you’re going to have to deal with rebels – we are Punk rockers. Let us enjoy the show, as we came here for the music and a good time.
Next up to hit the Barrie stage arrived The Socials. The three man band came with an enthusiastic attitude. The Socials grabbed the crowd’s attention as their set was quite energetic with their upbeat Punk Rock influences. The stage was small, but they made great use of it with the crowd as they shared some thoughts to engage with the fans. Listening to their music, I felt the “summer is coming” vibe. I enjoyed the use of their instruments as they were quite simple and very well in sync, topped off with the vocals which I felt engaged the crowd, with the Punk tones. The fans were here for Punk Rock, and that’s exactly what they got from The Socials.
Now at this point, the venue began to fill up very much. People were holding their pints of beer and were super stoked for the one and only The Flatliners to arrive onstage.
From Toronto, The Flatliners jumped onto stage with so much enthusiasm, as they always do. The band played songs from their albums Destroy to Create from 2005, The Great Awake from two years later, then Calvacade which is one of their most famous up to date, followed by the most recent, Dead Language.
Some songs of the night included “Caskets,” “Count your Bruises,” “Eulogy” and “Monumental.” They even played “Freds Got Slacks” which is one of their legendary ones from back in the day. This song is so special because the tempo is extremely fast and Chris Creswell sings it fantastically live.
The audience nothing close to as wild as Toronto crowds, but you could tell fans were enjoying themselves during the set. The Flatliners always deliver break-neck guitar riffs, complimentary solos and thoughtful lyrics to sing along to and great drum beats. This was my fifth time to see The Flatliners and I think it’s safe to say never fail to impress.
Overall, many were definitely happy with all the bands of the night as you could hear from the cheers and claps from the audience. I just wish the security could have been kinder and the venue could have kept fans updated with ticket sales so they wouldn’t have had to deal with the disappointment of missing such a great night of musical acts.