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LUKE DOUCET & THE WHITE FALCON at Mod Club, Saturday, November 27. Rating: NNNN
His massive tone and flashy picking were the real stars of his early-evening Mod Club show. But while the axe heroics were front and centre, he avoided burying the hooks in the disruptive noodling that too many skilled players indulge in.
As much as the band name suits his gritty, garage-rock-country sound, his onstage chemistry with Melissa McClelland (his wife, guitarist and backup vocalist) was so strong that they should seriously consider doing a married couple revue. Their harmonies blend amazingly well, and when she took a turn singing one of her own songs, the audience was more than receptive.
The only complaint? Doucet's rowdy cottage rock didn't get the crowd very worked up, but you can't blame him for having an overly reserved fan base.