CANADA’S LONG SERVING INDIE REGGAE/ALTERNATIVE BAND BRINGS THE POWER VIBES TO MAVRICK’S MUSIC HALL
It’s hard to believe that Ill Scarlett’s All Day With It has been around for 12 years. The band that became known for sometimes doing Sublime…slightly better than Sublime, got together in 2001. For those of a certain vintage and musical persuasion, the GTA based group were a staple on alternative rock radio.
Yet when they rolled into Barrie on June 28th at Mavrick’s, you would never have guessed that it has been almost two decades since those funk inspired early days.
Pumping the venue with stage energy normally reserved for newcomers, the group rolled through a long set of favourites from All Day With It. All the staples of the early 2000s reggae/ska sound were there; Dj scratches, groove inspired riffs, melodic power vocals from lead singer Alex Norman.
Complimented by a few cuts from 1Up and their most recent eponymous EP, the quartet entertained and interacted with the vibrant crowd. A crowd which quickly converted Ill Scarlett’s presence into a mosh pit. By the time they launched into a cover of House of Pain’s eternal anthem Jump Around, the pit dwellers were just about approaching the ceiling.
And when it was over…it was over too soon. A sure sign that the band in crimson can still push it to red.
OPENERS CUDBEAR AND ADVANCING LOWLIVES LIGHT UP THE CROWD
Beyond Ill Scarlett, it was a big night for a couple of emerging Barrie acts.
Cudbear and Advancing Low Lives got their first taste of green rooms and larger scale venues as openers.
Cudbear kicked things off with a Alice Cooper-eqsue theatrical entrance, as backing vocalist/bassist Adam Polan emerged donning a hockey mask emblazoned with Jesus’s name.
Advancing Low Lives followed up with a stellar set. Both bands brought a presence and a sound that energized the crowd and built the tempo for the final act. You can find recent tuneage from both acts on Barrie Uncovered Local Artist Spotify Playlist.
StS PROMOTIONS REVEAL BIG NEWS
We had heard that StS Promotions, who organized the show, had a rather large announcement to make.
We knew it was something about the local music scene, but that was about it.
When it did come time to drop the truth bomb, head dude Chris Harrington hit the stage to let us in on the secret.
And it did not disappoint.
StS, along with Mavrick’s, Impact Live, We Love Sound Equipment and Rock 95 are launching a monthly local artist concert series called Breaking Sound. Each show will feature exclusively local bands performing to larger scale audiences. It’s a chance for Barrie’s emerging musicians to hone their craft in front of bigger crowds, and to look for opportunities to open for more established in the future.
The first Breaking Sound concert goes on August 17th at Mavrick’s.