By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – Local musical overachiever ChurcHouse set the bar even higher over the weekend when they brought a triple-header to FM Lounge featuring Windsor band State of Us, and the visiting Sleepless, from Simcoe County, and Kaptur of St Catharines. It was a premier ChurcHouse presentation that will be hard to beat.
When Sleepless hit the stage it was apparent that they are the love child of Paul Westerberg and Alexis on Fire. Ben Scriver on guitar and lead vocals, and Nathan Dale on drums set the stage for a throwback to heavy hitting alt rock. Missing bassist Cameron Zwicker, the duo pumped out original material reminiscent of a Seattle garage but with the finesse of a veteran cast. With two albums and an EP under their belts, I am betting we’ll be hearing more from this power band. Be sure to get in to see them the next time they make their way to Windsor.
The Garden City’s Kaptur was second billed on the evening, but the four-piece group stole the show as they shredded their way through the set like an amped up Radiohead. With lyrics belonging to a thinking man’s Theory of a Dead Man, Riley Jensen (lead vocals, guitar), Justin Jennings (drums), Andrew J Grierson (guitar), and KC Floyd (bass) were equally tight as they belted out a complex melange of precision musical storytelling. Kaptur is offering their latest release Feast or Famine as a free download from their website. Lose yourself in their deep, dark offerings of commercially viable tracks.
Last on stage was State of Us. The Windsor quartet, which showed shades of retro pop-punk, are known for winning the Strawberry Festival Battle of the Bands in 2011. Though not as finely tuned as the two previous bands, despite the one night return of their original drummer, the boys had fun on stage and showcased their own material as well as offering a pretty good of rendition of Sam Roberts’ Don’t Walk Away Eileen during the sound check. A definite must-see as they play the various venues around the city.