Wednesday after playing a little song on Breakfast Television, Zebra Pulse traveled south for “Sled Island Festival” in Calgary. After a couple coffees we were picking up our festival passes at Bamboo. It was time to switch to beer.
Pilsner will do.
Sled Island Festival ran from the 24th to the 27th of June. In the 3 years they have put on this festival they sure have nailed the scheduling! Over 200 bands played in those 4 days. Many of the bands played twice which made it easy to see all the acts you came to see, as well as the ones you heard were good. I followed festival Director Zak Pashak’s advice to best enjoy the festival pretty closely and he was spot on. I had the time of my life, my ears are still ringing and I am bursting with inspiration.
Don’t worry I only heard about Sled Island this year too. Last year Boredoms played!?!
On my agenda that night was Fake Jazz Wednesdays at Broken City. The Fake Jazz crew from Vancouver brought their strange and noisy punk acts Including Shearing Pinx, Stamina Mantis and Ahna who I have blogged about before. Check out earlier pics on my Flickr to see the madness that took place at those shows. Space Rabies from Calgary and Zebra Pulse of Edmonton were also asked to play.
Space Rabies was Excellent! Rumored to have 11 members, I counted 9. That was definitely sufficient to infect the crowd.
Oh yeah they also had Ninja Turtle suits on. Awesome.
Ahna Played next bringing forth Demons of Decibel. I think they may listen to a lot of Nile. This Duo makes scary music for being such pleasant people.
Stamina Mantis have shed the masks and kept the massive bass guitar and drum combo. Layers of distortion lie atop a furious riff by Mike while Bill builds and destroys walls of sound with his drums. They have my vote for best t-shirts of the festival.
Zebra Pulse played at Midnight. People must have liked us because during the sparse quiet breaks in the noise the crowd screamed at us. I am pretty sure they were smiling anyway… I found out later that a Canadian hero(sure hero) of mine/the bands Owen Pallett, otherwise know as Final Fantasy, “tweeted” about loving us. We are Blushing.
Take that Paula.
Shearing Pinx Closed the show with a thunderous set that still gives me chills. It prompted much dancing and a mosh pit.
I watched this guy fly from the crowd onstage..somehow.
All of the bands that performed that night played the best I had ever seen. Including Space Rabies, whom I watched for the first time and thought was quite tubular. We made our way back to Erin’s Folks place to crash out for the rest of the morning and prepare for Thursday night.