Pop Montréal: Day 4 Featuring Oxford Collapse, Alan Astor, Holy Fuck, Subtitle, and Islands (Ex
Ex-Unicorns and devilish heat bring Pop Montreal to a fiery conclusion.
Pop Montréal: Day 4 Featuring Oxford Collapse, Alan Astor, Holy Fuck, Subtitle, and Islands (Ex-Unicorns)
Pop Montréal: Day 4 Featuring Oxford Collapse, Alan Astor, Holy Fuck, Subtitle, and Islands (ExCity: Montréal
Venue: 1 October 2005
KICKOFF AND DAY 1 | DAY 2 AND 3 | DAY 4 I began my final day of Pop Montreal by shooting over to the tiny Jupiter Room to see Oxford Collapse. From some positive press I've seen, I had a vague understanding that they're a dance-rock act but that's all I knew. The Jupiter Room doesn't offer much in terms of space. The stage is quite large but the floor in front is tiny with a bar and a raised sitting area taking up the bulk of the room. Oxford Collapse decided to play on the floor without the aid of monitors. This gimmick works best for bands that have a truly incendiary show or whose volume is so overwhelming that a proper sound mix isn't necessary. Oxford Collapse are neither of those things. Vaguely dance-y, sorta math-y, Oxford Collapse play indie rock of a more banal kind. There must be a hundred of these bands in college towns across America. The lack of monitors showed as the band fell out of time and didn't notice that they were grossly out of tune. After that fairly uninspired set, I made my way up St. Laurent to the Academy Club for the one of the most hotly anticipated sets of the entire festival. Hometown heroes and ex-members of the Unicorns were headlining their first official hometown gig as Islands. Aside from a few surprise warm-up gigs and a spot opening for Beck earlier in the week, this was the first time the new band was out in a club setting. The hype was palpable. By the time I arrived all spots for pass holders had been filled. I forked over $10, and walked into the nearly empty club, wondering if the pass quota had just been greatly reduced.