Alex Silas & The Subterraneans know how to throw a party! Their release party for Tunnels: Season One was definitely a good time. Brigid’s Well (in the basement of Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts) was the perfect venue for the festivities.
The feel of the old church basement with it’s stone walls definitely made for a unique venue. The band did a great job of setting up the room with alternating coloured lights helping to accentuate the textured walls, in addition to the stage lighting which topped the setup at most local venues.
However, venue aside, it was the music that truly made this night special. Alex and the band were in fine form, performing a set that included virtually every song off of Tunnels. Other songs catching my ear were Mouton Noir and Zombeez off the group’s previous effort Roots. At times, most notably during those last 2 songs, the energy and sound felt more like a rock show. I think it’s the mashing of sounds and styles that really attracts me to their music.
The band ended their set with Champagne, during which Alex wandered into the crowd and popped the cork on a rather large bottle of champagne in celebration. It made for a perfect ending to a great night.
Ghettosocks probably had the most comical moment of the evening as he doused himself with a full bottle of water as some cheesy song played in the background (the name of which escapes me right now). My first thought was wtf?, but then you couldn’t help but laugh at it all.
I really enjoyed Drae’s set and would love to catch him again. He was joined on stage by Nick of Zoo Legacy for his latest single. Accompanied by a guitarist and drummer, his set also had a great energy to it.
Between the lineup and the venue, this was one of the more memorable release parties I’ve been to in a while. If you haven’t heard it yet, make sure to give Tunnels: Season One a listen. We’ll be sure to keep you in the loop when Season Two is released.
Alex Silas & The Subterraneans