CROSSS at the Silver Dollar, Friday, August 31. Rating: NNNN
Andy March keeps busy not only as the unassuming singer/left-handed guitarist for psychedelic grunge-metal trio Crosss but also as label head of Youth Club Records and cassette-centric Craft Singles, releasing albums by predominantly Halifax- and Montreal-based bands like Play Guitar, Al Tuck, Cousins and Grand Trine.
At the Silver Dollar, his own music took the spotlight. March's high, eerie voice sailed over sludgy distorted riffs, pleasing melodies and locked-in bass that got heads banging. Time signature changes and stop/start rhythms punctuated the music, adding a progressive dimension to its main reference points: metal's slower, psychier spectrum and lo-fi, slacker indie rock.
The short set mostly drew from Crosss's forthcoming five-song album, which includes the excellently creepy Old Sound and Sacred Cow. March, originally from Halifax but who has done time in Montreal and, most recently, Toronto, just relocated to Hamilton, which might cut down on local Crosss appearances. Still, with so many projects on the go, expect to hear lots from him.