Sounds from the Montreal Underground: Another wave of Canadians is coming for your throne...
My apologies if the Montreal music scene seems a bit full of itself lately. It's always produced a steady stream of talented bands, but ever since groups like the Arcade Fire, the Stills, and Wolf Parade broke through to international audiences, Montreal acts have become a little dizzy with the attention. They've heard what Spin magazine and the New York Times have to say about the scene, and the words "the new Seattle" - not to mention the "Next Williamsburg" -- have been bandied about an awful lot. Of course, for Montreal bands Code Pie and Hexes and Ohs, it's unlikely the attention has fazed them�yet. Code Pie was the opener on this double bill at the city's Main Hall, a hole-in-the-wall venue located in the Mile End area of the city. The sextet has already been the recipient of a ringing endorsement from CBC radio, which called it the next great Montreal band, implying that it is set to follow in the footsteps of the Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade. The group's music doesn't really have much to do with either act, but the line still reads well.