By Jason Portras
Due to electrical and safety concerns over the rain and the mud bog in front of the main stage, Sunday’s show was moved into Revelation Lodge, a tightly-packed venue that allowed an up-and-close personal experience with the bands on the card. In order of appearance, they were Little Hurricane, Sticky Fingers, Ashley MacIsaac, and The Floozies.
Unfortunately, I missed Little Hurricane’s performance, but from what I heard they put on a great show. When we strolled in, we were greeted to a threatening clash of guitars and drums, like a freight train bearing down on our senses. Sticky Fingers hails from Oz and instantly reminded me of an old 80’s metal band (minus the cheese) intent on blasting the doors of the joint off their hinges and making those occupants of the female persuasion mad with desire. I’ll venture a guess that the band is named after a Rolling Stones album of the same name, with the same suggestive innuendo. These guys are on top of their game and the world certainly is their moist oyster to open.
When Ashley MacIsaac tore onto the stage, he quickly began thrashing his violin, shredding it to the delight of the hungry crowd, who were almost blood-thirsty in their desire for the sacrifice of the bow’s fibres. At times, the bass pounded the floor almost to splinters in time with the crowd and Ashley’s stomp, hard driven by the beat offered over by his talented percussionist. A seasoned veteran performer, Ashley knew exactly what his audience wanted, and he gave it to them good.
The Floozies were the final band, a duo of American brothers from Lawrence, Kansas, and they brought the house down, then razed it again, only to drop it harder again and again. Their Facebook page sums up their performance perfectly and succinctly: ‘their combination of cutting edge electronic production and party rocking funk energizes crowds and turns venues into epic dance parties’. And here’s something you may not be aware of: all of their music can be downloaded for free on their website www.floozieduo.com.
It was another amazing night of music thanks to the Axis Mundi Festival organizers. If you missed it, the Solstice festival will be happening next summer from June 17-19, same beautiful venue. Stay tuned for the line up of performers. If it was anything like this year’s festival, you won’t be disappointed.
By Jason Portras