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- Posted on Jun 20th 2010 2:15PM by Dave Jaffer
If you're not in the know, Library Voices have had one hell of a year and a half.
Last February, they had $10,000 worth of their gear, including a cherished woodblock, stolen in Vancouver. That prompted one of the best YouTube videos ever. Then, this May, a busted water main caused almost 600,000 gallons of water to pour into the band's basement practice space at the Regina Cultural Exchange, not only destroying their personal belongings and vintage equipment, but also rented equipment that insurance didn't cover.
The generosity of strangers, who donated money to the band, and fellow Prairie band the Weakerthans, who played a benefit for them at the Horseshoe last month, helped get them equipped and to NXNE to play a gig they never considered canceling.
Last night, they played like they were trying to repay the world for its generosity, which is to say with copious amounts of love and passion. "Love your friends," said vocalist Carl Johnson, while introducing 'Party Like It's 2012.'
Thankfully, '2012' wasn't the only song from Library Voices' exception 2010 release 'Denim On Denim' played on this night. 'Haunt This House,' 'Insider Trading (On Outsider Art),' 'Hello Cruel World' and 'Drinking Games,' which Johnson happily explained was a song about drinking and promiscuity, were also part of the sweat-soaked set.
Befitting their MySpace self-description, which reads "drunk kids talking too openly and too honestly," Library Voices' pop is energetic, fragile, smart and visceral. Clever, gang vocalized lyrics like "Your existence is a pinprick on a paper continent" (from 'Step Off The Map & Float') were high points of their set, which, sadly, couldn't go on all night. It was easily one of the best of the entire festival.