Sun, Feb 3, 2013.
Based in Toronto, but with Fredericton roots and a label based there as well, Falcon Punch is a three-piece of cutting edge players, skilled and progressive. This is jazz based in electronic music, instrumental tracks that cruise through seemingly every branch of synth and techno stuff, but with serious chops and big ideas. Where the group differs from electronic acts is that they actually make this stuff live, using some of the old tech pieces, like analog synths, but then play them, and regular instruments as well, bass, and drums and such. Then it gets treated, fed through effects to get back the technology feel. Confused? Well, it doesn't matter, as long as it sounds good.
Which it does. That's because there are real tunes going on here, melodies written and grooves found. Even as sounds are being manipulated and distorted, you know it's going to come back to the lovely notes that started things off. Hearing real drums fit into this mix is a treat as well, as you get to enjoy Greg Harrison's skillful playing and feel like you're in the middle of a really great jazz set. Plus, there's a strong improvisation element as well, and I doubt these numbers would ever sound the same twice, either in the performance, or the effects treatment.
These guys could sit in either camp, raving it up, or jazzing it around. It's a grand idea that they're both.
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).