The Stills, October 12
After an opening set by fellow Montrealers the High Dials , Vice Records signees the Stills played to a surprisingly full Horseshoe on Thanksgiving Sunday, although there was a vague feeling of lethargy in the room. Undeterred, the Stills ably jammed out their grungy Britpop-flavoured tunes from the upcoming full-length Logic Will Break Your Heart (Vice/Warner) disc, while the crowd stayed glued in place, sometimes bobbing their heads. A classic T.O. apathy boner occurred when singer/guitarist Tim Fletcher announced, "Thanks guys. This next one's off our new album. It's called Gender Bomb!" To that, a wisenheimer responded with a highly audible "whatever," to entertaining effect. When the set finished and Fletcher said, "You guys have been very, very cool to us," it was tough to tell whether he was thanking the assembly or passive-aggressively admonishing them. Nevertheless, they do possess one impressive attribute for success - a good-looking drummer.