Special to the Tribune/Advisor
The next Safety Meeting is a two-night triple feature, with Colin Easthope, Sam Tudor, and Wallgrin, going down March 18 and 19.
I’m excited that we get to have sort of a homecoming show for Sam and Colin, while still offering something a little different than you’ve seen from either of them in the past.
Colin has a bunch of new songs since his last release Timothy Lake.
Folks who came out to the Horsefly Salmon Fest last fall may have gotten a tiny glimpse into the direction Colin has been going lately.
For this year’s Safety Meeting, Colin has assembled a band to take his nostalgia-soaked folk tunes in a slightly more post-rock direction.
Backing him up is brother Kevin Easthope on drums, Brent Morton on effects-drenched bass, and yours truly, Brandon Hoffman on equally-effects-drenched mandolin and guitar.
The idea is to let Colin’s poetry drift along on an evolving cloud of sounds and textures.
Colin’s songwriting has just been getting better since he broke into the scene with his crowd-pleasing hit Honey (Don’t Walk On By), and he’s had a lot of fun experimenting with new arrangements to give his set an entirely different flavour.
Sam Tudor has also been working on new material. Even though I’m still personally quite content to listen to his last release The Modern New Year on repeat, I can’t wait to hear how the new songs have been coming together as well.
I caught a sneak peak of some of Sam’s new songs, and they’re just as catchy and lyrically pointed as ever.
Don’t worry, he didn’t just luck out with that album, he’s a legitimately talented songwriter.
Sam’s backup band is the Shimmering Biscuits — a ragtag group of misfits and dreamers that Sam teamed up with in Vancouver.
Opening the night is Wallgrin, the solo loop-oriented project of Tegan Wahlgren. Tegan writes dreamy little pop gems, and performs them with just her voice, a violin, and a loop pedal.
She also lends her violin skills to Sam’s band as one of the Shimmering Biscuits.
This is a dry show, in sit-down-and-listen fashion. Snacks will be provided by the Bean Counter as usual. Tickets are at Red Shred’s for $15.