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First You Get the Sugar Album Launch – Montreal Live Review

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First You Get the Sugar Album Launch – Montreal Live Review

First you get the sugar - La Vitrola - Nov 1st 2014- Photo by Andrej Ivanov

First you get the sugar – La Vitrola – Nov 1st 2014- Photo by Andrej Ivanov

After years of going to shows, seeing many bands, many different genres, and many festivals, I can safely say that seeing a band launch it’s first album is usually something I enjoy more than a 30 minute set at a festival. The reasoning is simple: the band usually gives it their all. First You Get the Sugar did no less than give their utmost back to their fans. They showed that it doesn’t take a full house to have screaming fans. As a matter of fact, the people that were there were loud enough to be heard from the entrance of the small, cozy venue. And if you ever doubted a musician’s dedication: playing an acoustic song with a bandaged up hand is no small feet. Mick Mendelsohn was able to pull it off, despite one or two pained winces.

The set list consisted of some old songs, and many off the band’s new EP, Foreign Lands. The jazzy/folk sound the band has come to call their own — and quite a nice blend of Montreal sounds at that — is one that resounds throughout their entire set list.  To boot, every member of the band plays more than one instrument. Every member sang and had his moment in the limelight, taking center stage while leading the rest of the band. It never felt overbearing. As a matter of fact, it felt quite refreshing to hear so much variation and to see such teamwork from a band.

The band, at the end of the night, delivered a solid set, with a decent enough presence considering that it was the night after Halloween, and definitely launched their album in full force. These Montreal boys are setting the path for a very successful career.

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Written and Photographed by Andrej Ivanov

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