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Amos the Transparent @ Westfest- Ottawa Live Review

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Who: Amos the Transparent

From: Ottawa

Where: Westfest — Westboro, Ottawa

When: Sunday, June 9th

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Style: Soulful, symphonic spectrum of sound, alternative rock in the most sweeping manifestation of the term.

Crowd: The crowd flowed from the Richmond Street festivities to the backyard of a Real Canadian Superstore as the field accumulated audience members. Fans of all ages eagerly awaited the band’s appearance and after a short introduction they were not disappointed. Codger pedantic’s and tattooed teens alike basked in the strength and emotion of Jonathon Chandler’s heartfelt tunes.

Technicalities: A full spectrum of sound enveloped the crowd as the dynamics of symphony instruments intertwined playfully with powerful vocal refrains. Instrumentation consisted of guitars, bass, drums, cello, trumpet and even a flugelhorn. With six members up on stage the sound was full and resounding and the constant contrast between soft poignant melodies and heavy full band crashes kept me anxious to see what they had in store for the crowd next.

Sex Appeal: Completely objectively, Chandler has a cuddly bearded façade similar to Zach Galifinakas, complete with a white linen suit and poor, crowd-directed banter. I don’t know if there is anyway the man could be more loveable. His gang of musicians each had their own practiced style reminiscent of your buddies back at home and proved their merit through songs that highlighted each individual’s balance and composure.

Memorable Moment: Epic gang vocals yelled sporadically through the set left the biggest impact as the band members joined together with their fans to passionately chant lyrics and sing harmonies. Syncopation and soul grasp you by the ear and by the chest and make you wish you knew the words to participate.

Overall: Despite the inescapable smell of manure that hung over the stage grounds like the residual fumes of an A-bomb, Amos the Transparent executed a practiced sound that incorporated all aspects of a pleasurable performance. As explained in their introduction, a revolving door policy for members keeps the live show fresh and lively while grabbing influences straight from the roots of Ottawa. Amos the Transparent have embedded themselves in the Ottawa music scene and become synonymous with the term. While the sounds and songs may not stick out in the hodgepodge of similarly styled bands in today’s music industry, they have done much for the local music scene in Ottawa and continue to prove that they are relevant. Amos the Transparent’s upbeat live show had the entire audience captivated from intro to outro.

Review by Griffin Elliott

Photos by Kristen Cochrane

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