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The New Deal @ the Wave in London

Discussion in 'Event Reviews' started by Subsonic Chronic, Mar 11, 2002.

  1. Subsonic Chronic

    Subsonic Chronic TRIBE Member

    I was swinging into town for my mom's birthday on Saturday and was tipped off that the New Deal was playing at the Wave. This immediately became my plan for the night. Picked up my friend Erin and swung by the Wave around 9 to quickly grab tickets and then headed over to Spinsah's for a surprise visit, only to find that he and everyone else at his place ahd already picked their own tickets for the night's show.

    Got into the Wave to find it nicely packed in there, with the dance floor bumpin and people everywhere. I'm kinda surprised that there isn't already a review thread considering the Tribe representation I saw there (Spinsah, Stargurl, Liquid Fairy, Blueker, LostinthEhole, SlipperyPete...gah... who am i forgetting...)

    The New Deal kicked ass. From the start, they rocked out two wicked sets of live housey beats. They're "songs" consisted mostly of improv jamming that would stretch ten, fifteen minutes at a time. With only a drummer, a bassist and a keyboardist, they've perfected the "live house" sound. I don't know how else to describe the music except as jazzy live house music. All three performers were perfectly in tune to each other, reading off the body language and hand and head signals to know what to do next.
    Towards the end of their first set they announced that they would be doing one more song before taking a short break, and finally, twenty minutes later that song came to a close and gave the crowd a well-needed break. I was nicely surprised to see the crowd really going off to their tunes throughout the entire night.

    Although... the crowd was kind of strange. It was obvious that a lot of people there aren't normally into the electronic scene, I came to this conclusion when I heard jock-like cheering at some of the songs as well as the occasional grinding couple on the dance floor. (and from using my keen detective sense, obviously). I was finding myself robbed of my dancing space a few times by some overly excited drunkard who's dancing style is limited to jumping up and down when the music is good. And by the end of the night I must have stepped on at least half a dozen beer bottles that people had decided to put down on the dance floor when they were done with them. (????)

    But whatever, as long as people are into the music who am I to complain. It was an awesome night and a great set by a group who is getting bigger and bigger with each gig. Clearly the New Deal has set themselved in a class of their own.

    Last edited: Mar 11, 2002
  2. Skipper

    Skipper TRIBE Member

    You're forgetting me! (even though you don't know me, so I won't hold it against you...:p )

    I agree with the "weird" crowd - although it was the typical western crowd. I didn't mind though - a got to see New Deal, and a bunch of people I hadn't seen in forever and never run into since they're with the usual drinkin'/jimbobs/monopoly crew.

    I was really impressed with how New Deal used instruments to create live music. (WHOA! LIKE A REAL BAND!)

    *Where are the records?!* :confused:

    Anywhoo....the actual music got a bit repetitive, but was still entertaining nonetheless. We left to go to Campus (bar, not UWO campus...b.c we were already on campus....) and there was NO ONE at Campus. But we heard it filled up later. Wish we had gone back!

    Good times had by all though!
  3. Brandon

    Brandon TRIBE Member

    I saw them the night before at the Lyric in Kitchener and was blown away completely. They were tight and the way they were able to communicate with each other using little more than body language was slick.

    The only downside was the wack CD-DJ they had opening for them...I wonder if he's touring with them or was just there for the Kitchener performance...the second opening DJ was much better, and complemented the New Deal's style pretty well.

    I've only seen one other band that does what the New Deal does (Sterling Moss I think the band is called) so I'm a little new to the whole idea of improvisational live house/breakbeat, but I really appreciated it.

    And a drummer who beatboxes along while playing? Priceless!!!

    I think "stamina" was the key word for the New Deal that night...they work pretty hard to produce that "70s chase music" sound, given that there's only three of them up on stage. I'd see them again in a heartbeat.
  4. Subsonic Chronic

    Subsonic Chronic TRIBE Member

    Oh I forgot to mention, they played sort of drum and bass for a short segment and it totally kicked ass! :D

    Pete <- not usually a d&b fan. I was kinda hoping that they would have kept going with it too!
  5. Spinsah

    Spinsah TRIBE Member

    It's always a pleasure when the Subsonic Chronic stops by for a vist, getting to go out and party with him and Erin was an excellent way to spend a Saturday night in London! The New Deal was stellar as per usual and they really had the place into the music. I found the crowd to be quite refreshing considering the usual clientel that I'm used to frequenting The Wave. I wish I could have played closer attention to the set but there was a lot of alcohol that demanded to be consumed.

    One thing that was great was the designated outdoor smoking area which proved to be quite useful for a between set herbal refreshment. So not only was the dancefloor free of an ominous cloud hovering over it, in/outs proved to be easier than ever before!

    Great people were in attendance as well: J Bunny 2000, Blueker, Liquid Fairy, LostintheEhole, Stargurl, eyeween, Steeveedee, K8 and a slew of others. Nights out in London really don't get much better than this.

    Fun. Fun.
  6. Skipper

    Skipper TRIBE Member

    SteeveeDee was there?

    Damn, missed him. :(
  7. JEMZ

    JEMZ TRIBE Member

    Me, Fucko :p
  8. TheLiquidFairy

    TheLiquidFairy TRIBE Member

    I had a great time seeing the New Deal for the first time.
    The tunes were great and the dancefloor was definitely packed. It was nice to see the London massif crew in effect Skipper, Spinsah, Blueker, LostintheEhole, I didn't see Jamie JEMZ :(, Subsonic! and Queen of Swords[not sure if she's on it].

    I had never been to the Wave so I didn't know what to expect. It wasn't bad at all. :) Good crowd.

    Last edited: Mar 11, 2002
  9. Muf

    Muf TRIBE Member

    it really was a fantastic night. after being *mostly* done one of the most hellish weeks of my university career, and having had almost no sleep in a week, the new deal was a welcome change.

    it was the second time i had seen them, the first being at fanshawe where i fell in love with them. They were even better this time. Personally, I i like their performances better than their cd. it's all about watching them up there, doing their little hand signals and nods, psyched to be performing, and feeding off the crowd.

    apparently i missed seeing a lot of friends that night, because i was too busy being a stage whore and dancing at the front all night. when you're short, that's where you gotta be if you wanna see anything.

    and yeah, i really liked their short dnb-esque bit they played.

    definitely a nice night, with good music, and lots of booze:)
  10. blueker

    blueker TRIBE Member

    NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! How did I miss this?
    Jamie and Amy, where were you guys the whole time? And apparently there are still some London ppl on this board that I have yet to meet. I really want to see Freaky Flow at the wave on the 21st, but unfortunately I HAVE to go to T.O. :(

    The New Deal was impressive :)
  11. TheLiquidFairy

    TheLiquidFairy TRIBE Member

    Honestly Olga...stop bitching about next week... DON'T GO if you don't want to... no one's making you go to anything NO ONE!

    Yes there's a lot of London TrIBErs that we have yet to meet... where ya'll hiding?!

  12. j bunny 2000

    j bunny 2000 TRIBE Member

    ohhh YEAH!!!!!!

    Good beats, good vibe, good beer and all in all good night!!!!! Nice to see everyone out and have some decent music in the London community once again! Nice to see spinsah, star gurl and others!!
    I want to meet all these london tribers :D :D :D



    P.S. Special thanks to spinsah for his set of progressive breaks, can't seem to stop playing it !!!
  13. blueker

    blueker TRIBE Member

    Why didn't I get one? Hook me UP!

  14. stargurl*

    stargurl* TRIBE Member

    Well, I had a great time seeing The New Deal again. I don't know *how* I missed seeing so many tribers. I felt like I knew half the people in the place, but the only Tribe people I saw were Spinsah, Subsonic Chronic and Steeveedee.

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