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- Posted on Oct 1st 2010 5:30PM by Jonathan Dekel
While the crowd warmed up with former DFA1979 member Sebastian Granger's Bad Tits and the psychedelic freak-out of Texans Indian Jewelry, the rave atmosphere really came to a head when the Toronto group took to the stage, causing the sweaty room to break out into a humid dance explosion.
Mixing traditional instrumentation with a slew of effects peddles and unorthodox sonic manipulation techniques, the group's deconstructed electronic -- think avant-garde krautrock with a free jazz mentality and post-rock grime -- managed to exploit the packed, sweaty atmosphere. Flashing LED lights timed to coincide with the Matts rhythm section (McQuaid plays bass, Schulz drums) made the pulsing manifest and surely enhanced the late-night delirium effect.
In a bizarre twist, timed to coincide with the announcement of its new 'Electronic' category, the evening was sponsored by the Junos. If any perspective jurors were there, Holy F--- clearly made a strong case for their newest album, 'Latin,' by indulging the album's throbbing grooves in a live setting while recalling some of the more impressive instrumental breaks from Pink Floyd's 'Meddle'-era.
Closing the hour-long set with a simple, "Cheers," the group gave way to the hip-hop-pumping PAs and claimed their place in Pop Montreal loft party lore.
Germany's Atari Teenage Riot (also known as ATR) were ready to rock when they tore through their live set with all the crazy energy and antics you'd expect from a hardcore techno band.