I got at the Casa just in time to catch the last two songs of the second band playing tonight, Cian Nugent and his two musicians. The place was packed. Got stuck completely in the back. Fortunately, this Dublin based band plays long songs. Very long songs! Once you survive the (too long) part where they kind of tune their instruments and vaguely jam together, you get rewarded with some pretty cool and groovy garage rock, reminiscent of the Velvet Underground more upbeat jams.

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Photo by Aidan Kelly Murphy

Repetitive drums, bouncy and melodic bass lines, long guitar jams (with sometimes badly tuned guitar) and cool lyrics repeated over and over is what Cian Nugent has to offer. That was 15 minutes of nice rock and roll right there to start my evening. Could finally reach the bar to get an Amaretto Sour once the last song finished and people moved a bit, probably to smoke a cigarette outside or something.

I could move to a better spot between sets, while Nap Eyes were setting up their instruments. Noticed a group of three groupies showing way more cleavage than usual for the Casa del popolo, which is usually packed with hipster-look crowd. I guess some rock clichés aren’t dying.

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Photo by Nico Pelletier, RREVERB

Nap Eyes’ first songs made me think of The Pursuit of Happiness’ style. Kind of shy and nerdy attitude by frontman Nigel Chapman (and probably all the band, to think about it) who mumbled lyrics through bouncy pop rock where lead guitar would completely bury his voice, unfortunately. Bass lines emerging from Josh Salter’s fingers were the high point for me.

The crowd of the Casa, still fully packed, seemed to enjoy the show by joyfully moving their heads to the beat and cheerfully applause each song. Might not end in anybody’s top 10 list of the best shows of 2016, but we all had a great time.

NAP EYES was playing The Casa del popolo, in Montreal, on April 7, 2016 with CIAN NUGENT and BRAVE RADAR opening up. A Blue Skies Turns Black presentation.

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Mélomane invétéré plongeant dans tous les genres et époques, Nicolas Pelletier a publié 6 000 critiques de disques et concerts depuis 1991, dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur enMusique.ca, dont il a également été le rédacteur en chef de 2009 à 2014. Il publie "Les perles rares et grands crus de la musique" en 2013, lance le site RREVERB en 2014, et devient stratège numérique des radios de Bell Média en 2015, participant au lancement de la marque iHeartRadio au Canada en 2016. Il dirige maintenant la stratégie numérique d'ICI Musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada.