Artist: Louise Burns Video: 'Drop Names Not Bombs' Highlight: "We liked the idea…
- Posted on Mar 11th 2011 11:30AM by Jenny Charlesworth
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But that's not the case at all.
Skim over Burns' CV and you'll discover that the Vancouver singer-songwriter once prowled the set of high-budget music videos and regularly schmoozed Canada's MuchMusic as part of Lillix, an all-girl contingent that was hawking mall-rock before Avril became resident skater girl.
Though you'd never imagine Burns in such an un-indie light given the thoughtful throwback tunes she now plays with her backing band, there's a certain je ne sais quoi to her performance which hints at chops well-honed. And no amount of self-conscious stage banter will change that.
Indeed, watching Burns command her bass while belting out inspired lyrics to gems like 'Chinook (Sing from the Valley of Doubt)' and 'Street Walking' -- both featured on her upcoming whimsical debut, 'Mellow Drama' -- was a sight to behold.
Faced with a sparse crowd (the consequence of having your set scheduled at the unfashionable hour of 8:00PM), the singer managed to beckon those in the adjoining bar to venture to the backroom performance space to see who was driving the Mazzy Star-indebted melodies.
A prime showcase slot at a venue with a touch more clout would likely have done the veteran good -- for she is indeed a seasoned musician, don't let her wallflower leanings fool you. But with an interview this week on MuchMusic's retooled Damian Abraham-hosted 'The Wedge,' Burns' stock is surely on the rise, so next time around we might just find her headlining a CMW/CMF showcase. That's the hope, at least.