The Violet Archers play the Horseshoe tonight (Thursday, September 22) Rating: NNNN
I'm sure being a Canadian icon and woefully underappreciated at the same time is something Tim Vesely, the voice of the Rheostatics, knows a thing or two about. Maybe his sidestepping project, the Violet Archers, will vault Vesely to the NME-Rolling Stone buzz stratosphere. Bringing in Ida Nilsen (Buttless Chaps) to play piano and sing along shows Vesely's genius. She adds a nice touch of introspective wonder to the set. Wayne Omaha boys Aaron MacPherson and Steve Pitkin help flesh out the hook-laden melodies. By Divine Right's Jose Contreras adds some of his mojo to a few tracks, but it's still Vesely's vehicle, and he's driven into some pretty tasty territory.