So I was hoping to be able to put some video up from the Hey Rosetta! show last night. But while it's obvious that I have some skills with a computer, video editing is not among them. Also, for some reason, each song seems to cut off around the three minute mark and I have no idea why. I know it was recording to songs end last night. And as anyone who knows Hey Rosetta! they don't do three minute songs. I think the shortest one from last night was around six minutes.
Perhaps I will tap upon the skills of my Blogcave brethren downstairs and see if they have any better luck with it. Because it's a touch frustrating. Then again, it's not the greatest video in the world. It's taken on a cheap Sanyo Xacti, from a distance, in the dark. Still, there were a few nice moments last night's show that I would have liked to have put up.
So, once again, let us give full props to Hey Rosetta! for coming up. Yes, it's expensive to fly to Iqaluit to play a show. I was willing to give bands a pass up until now. Just because the White Stripes did it, I reasoned, doesn't mean others could. I pretty sure The White Stripes took a bath playing here, but didn't care, because they wanted to play in every province and territory in Canada.
But Hey Rosetta! is a six piece band and they're far from White Stripes level big. They're the very definition of an up and coming group. Yet they managed to play here. And while I couldn't guess how many people were allowed in the Middle School gym, I'd say the show was sold out with anywhere from 200-300 people there. So I think there's increasingly fewer excuse for bands to play up here. If they want to play, they can. They might not make a fortune, but you'll have people love you for doing it.
Hey Rosetta! got a great reaction from the people at the show. Yes, there were plenty of Newfoundlanders at the show, but people were crowding the stage, there were cheers when they recognized certain songs and people were dancing. So I was impressed.
Finally, the other thing that made me happy, they didn't fly up on Saturday, do a quick sound check, play their show and take off on Sunday. They were in town a few days, went down to the elders centre and obviously did some practice with the local drum dance troupe and throat singers. On several songs they brought out the drum dancers, who were all girls from the high school, and they also used throat singers as well. And it worked with the songs. The band is insanely tight, but they managed to work that new element into their music without much problem.
It was good to see. And it impressed the hell out of everybody there.
So yeah, I think I get Hey Rosetta! a bit better now. I liked their CDs, but it always seemed a little...passionless. But you certainly got a better feel for the passion when watching them play. A friend I ran into after the show called it a nice mix of melody and noise, which is a fine enough description.
So yeah, a good time and I'm glad we saw them. And the gauntlet is thrown as far as I'm concerned for other bands. If a six-piece outfit can play here, so can you.
1. High lonesome - The Gaslight Anthem*
2. Secret spell - Tori Amos
3. Fly me away - Goldfrapp
4. The beginning after the end - Stars
5. My life as a wrestler - Dear Leader