Music at Work: We are the City – High School

25 Mar

Music at Work is a periodically published segment on HisHersandTheirs.  He writes about music that you can listen to online while at work.  The criteria is that: (1) a full album must be available to listen to; and (2) it can’t suck.  Here is the latest edition of Music at Work:

So.  We are the City played twice during Canadian Music Week.  I got to see them for their first show.  Well, I got to see the last 2.5 songs of the first show they played.  Wish I had a chance to see more.
Two Fridays ago a friend and I went down to Tortilla Flats.  Home of the $3 tequila shot at all hours of the day.  It was pretty good.  It’s one of those dirty places along Queen West that is pretty good and really cheap.  We left happy.
Anyways, the show was at Criminal Records which is basically across the street from the restaurant.  Oh yeah.  Something that I learned about shows that are held in record stores: they actually start when they say they are going to.  That’s the reason why we only caught the tail end of their set.  Kind of a neat venue.  Probably not functionally ideal, we were in the back and couldn’t really see much, but a cool atmosphere.
First thing I noticed is that they’ve got a new guitarist.  The guy with the hipster moustache is out and the guy with the glasses and hipster haircut is in.  Not sure the reason behind the switch, but I hope it was for the best for both parties.
We caught half a song from their first album, can’t remember which though.  Then the drummer pulled a Phil Collins and grabbed the mic.  He starts singing “Dark/Warm Air”, a song from “High School” which is their EP that was released on March 22nd.  Oh man, I thought was going to pass out.  The veins in his face were all bulging out and he was going red.  Then he books it and climbs over his drum set in time to start up with the drum part.  Good song. Some of it reminded me of that mid 90’s alternative song where the singer says “wake up my airplane” or something like that.  Misheard lyrics for sure on my part.
Then they finished off their set with “April” from their first album, “In a Quiet World.”  This is probably my favourite song of theirs, so I was glad to hear live again.  Afterwards, my friend was asking what the song was called.  He really liked it.
Anyways, I was sad that we missed their (presumably) longer set at The Garrison the next night, but sometimes you can’t be everywhere at once.  Check out their new EP. You can listen to it on their bandcamp page for free while you’re at work.

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