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Said The Whale at Ritual – Ottawa Live Review

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Who: Said the Whale

From: Vancouver, BC

Where: Ritual Nightclub, Ottawa

When: Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Total Score: 9.5/10

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Style: Indie rock

Crowd: Said The Whale sold out their show at Ottawa’s popular music venue Ritual Nightclub. The place was absolutely packed and the crowd was more than excited for all three bands. The audience seemed to be familiar and excited about each track Said The Whale played, and went wild for their more popular songs. I don’t think there was one body that wasn’t moving and singing along to the beats of their hit single, I Love You or their older song The Magician (Camilo). The high energy this crowd shared made Said the Whale’s performance even more effective.

Technicalities: Each musician was nearly flawless for this performance. The music built and crashed perfectly and each track flowed wonderfully into the next throughout the entire show. Tyler Bancroft and Ben Worcestor together (both guitar and vocals) make up a perfect whirlwind of smooth vocal harmonies. The melodious voice of Jaycelyn Brown was integrated pleasantly and she was completely on point while playing the keyboard. Nathan Shaw’s bass lines add a consistent edge to the varying tracks of rock, pop and ballad. In terms of drums, Spencer Shoening was perfectly on beat. Whether it was an upbeat rock song or a slow ballad, Shoening kept up the tempo. I especially loved when they welcomed him to the front of the stage to sing one of their songs. The man has the voice of an angel. 

Image: Said The Whale perpetuated the genuine indie rock look. More than anything, the band was all about the music and it seems that their attractive image is really more by coincidence than planning. 

Memorable Moments: In the second half of their performance, the band launched into the heartfelt track Curse of the Currents. The performance of this song had the entire audience swaying together and singing the lyrics back to Worcestor and Bancroft. It felt like the crowd was part of a big community, something much more than just watching a good band play. This track and the reaction from the crowd turned the entire night into something beautiful. 

Overall: Overall, Said The Whale absolutely killed it with their Ottawa show. The crowd was incredible from the moment of their most danceable song to their slowest, saddest melody. The band’s passionate determination and talent combined with the crowd’s contagious excitement made for a strong, enjoyable set.

Reviewed and written by Brianna Harris

Photos by Jake Edwardes


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