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The Rebellion

The Rebellion thumb.jpgAs our wrap up to the CBC 75th Anniversary Open House (and our contribution to the 2011 Culture Days celebrations), we keep the rocking going with a concert with Saskatoon's multicultural, multi-talented The Rebellion, recorded live at Louis' Pub.

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With influences like Muse, Coldplay, The police, Jeff Buckley and Jimmy Hendrix, The Rebellion's music has allowed them to share the stage with acts like Econoline Crush, Obijou, Joel Plasket, The Weakerthans, Hey Ocean and The Born Ruffians. Comprised of Josh Palmer on lead guitar, piano and lead vocal, Rylan Schultz on bass and Christian Kongawi on drums and vocals, The Rebellion has become one of Western Canada's most exciting bands.

The Rebellion is led by Saskatoon multi-instrumentalist Josh Palmer who is highly regarded in the city as a talented musician and producer. What started as a few jam sessions between friends quickly turned into a full blown band. Together, these performers see The Rebellion as a way to give voice to their personal struggles and find a place in this world - together.

Since forming a few years back, they've toured the country, played at Canadian Music Week, and were showcased at the 2007 Juno awards festival. In 2007, In Flight Safety invited the band to support their Saskatchewan dates, and since then The Rebellion has shared the stage with Indie Pop Rockers, Hey Ocean, The Bourn Ruffians, Obijou, The Weakerthans and Joel Plaskett.

The music on their debut CD 'Time' runs through an incredible range of styles that can all be loosely contained in the indie-rock genre. Each song has a unique flavour, giving the band the ability to go in a number of directions on the same disc. Part of their instant appeal is that fluidity of styles - they might be heading in different musical directions on different tunes, but they completely own each musical style they visit. This concert also features songs from their upcoming album, 'Two'.

This concert was part of 'On a Cold Road 2011', an annual showcase of some of Saskatoon's best and brightest bands. This co-presentation between CBC Radio and SaskMusic took place at Louis' Pub on the University of Saskatchewan campus. An exciting new element for this year's event was the commissioning of a brand new song on the theme of the concert. The Rebellion's CBC commissioned work is called 'Gone (A Cold Road). Here's video from that concert'.



And as always you can hear the whole Rebellion concert again on CBC Radio 2 Concerts on Demand.