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Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra -- Toronto, Ontario -- August 8th, 2014

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
Support: Big Brave
Date: Friday August 8th, 2014
Venue: Lee's Palace in Toronto, Ontario
T-Shirt worn: Star Wars 1977 movie poster

Lee's Palace has a stupid habit of starting shows way too late. I've avoided going there in the past and I've even not gone to shows I've had tickets for once I find out the band I want to see isn't going on until past midnight. But I had to make the exception for Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra. It's a pretty legendary venue in Toronto. And it's not that bad either, save the stupid late doors policy. Seriously, who does that benefit? I couldn't believe how small the place and the stage were. I saw Godspeed You! Black Emperor play a two thousand (I think) capacity venue in Montreal...and they play here in Toronto? I gotta see their next show here. There were a lot of hipsters at the show. That was a nice change. I'm a pretty passive, timid guy and all these raging kids at metal shows are starting to get to me. Plus it meant I could stand wherever I wanted and not feel threatened that the person standing next to me could mosh my socks off at any given second. All the girls there wanted me, because I'm hard.

Thanks to Lee's Palaces' late doors policy and my inherent ability to show up late for everything I actually got there a half an hour after doors had opened. I hoped that meant I'd missed whoever was opening or at least would show up halfway through someone's set. Alas, the lone openers Big Brave didn't go on until 10:15. That was total bullshit. I've never heard of them until I was standing there waiting for them to go on and I was killing time on my phone. They're a three piece (two guitars, drums and vocals) from Montreal. They really reminded me of an album I have by a band called Harvey Milk called "Courtesy And Good Will Toward Men" mixed with Sonic Youth. Their songs were all builds but once they got to what you thought they were building to...nothing. It got a bit boring from time-to-time. But once they would get going they were really good. If anything I think they should have had one or two more guitar players to add to the chaos. I never got any song titles but they played five or six songs in forty minutes. I'll call them "hipster doom".

I was surprised that Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra took the stage pretty soon afterwards. Given the timing of the night I was expecting at least an hour wait. I was put off at first that there was only one guitar player. I thought they had two and that their sound would suffer because of it. But it didn’t. They still had a really powerful sound right from the beginning. And once they hit the climax in the first song Fuck Off Get Free (For the Island of Montreal) I was sold. Following that with Austerity Blues was and even bigger orgasm. That opening half hour was just…wow. Efrim was throwing out some pretty good social commentary between songs but things came to a standstill after Take Away These Early Grave Blues when he asked the crowd if they had any questions. I don’t know what he was expecting (either some Geopolitical discussion or nothing, so he could make a point) but all he got were the usual stupid questions that you’d expect at a rock show (“when is Godspeed coming back to Toronto?”, “why is your hair so curly?”, “is Israel doing the right thing?”, “play Horses in the Sky”) and things got a little awkward in the room after that. That, plus the fact that they played some mellower songs afterwards, really killed the mood. What We Loved Was Not Enough was a great ending to the main set but Little Ones Run was probably one of the worst encores I’ve heard in my life. It’s not a bad song but not encore material either.

If you follow the band you may have noticed that they played their entire new album Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light Out of Everything (albeit out of sequence), one song from their last album and one unreleased song..and that was it. I think their new album is incredible so I didn’t mind. And I saw their past sets from this year online and expected that. But the fact that they didn’t play anything from their first six albums/EP’s was pretty disappointing. There’s a lot of great music on those albums that will probably never get played again. And like I said, I really like the new album but the pacing of the show (and the album itself) is a little uneven. They peaked with the first two songs and tapered off from that. They should have closed with Austerity Blues.

Had they kept the intensity of the first two songs it would’ve probably been the second best show I’ve seen this year. As it is it was still one of the best. I’ll definitely see them again. I actually wouldn't mind seeing Big Brave again either.

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
1. Fuck Off Get Free (For the Island of Montreal)
2. Austerity Blues
3. Rains Thru the Roof at Thee Grande Ballroom (For Capital Steez)
4. Take Away These Early Grave Blues
(question time)
5. 'Piphany Rambler
6. All the Kings are Dead
7. What We Loved Was Not Enough
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8. Little Ones Run
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Old 08-09-2014, 05:07 PM
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(“when is Godspeed coming back to Toronto?”, “why is your hair so curly?”, “is Israel doing the right thing?”, “play Horses in the Sky”)
lmfao. i swear, only at GY!BE-related show.
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They really reminded me of an album I have by a band called Harvey Milk called "Courtesy And Good Will Toward Men" mixed with Sonic Youth. Their songs were all builds but once they got to what you thought they were building to...nothing. It got a bit boring from time-to-time. But once they would get going they were really good. If anything I think they should have had one or two more guitar players to add to the chaos. I never got any song titles but they played five or six songs in forty minutes. I'll call them "hipster doom".
spot on. These guys are sick!! I kind of get a subrosa vibe from them as well. Thanks for the rec.

It's too bad they didn't play anything from 'He Has Left Us Alone' (that's the record you had in your thread if I recall). The new album doesn't even begin to compare, IMO. I'm glad you enjoyed the performance, though! I'm sure they'd blow me away regardless of what was on the setlist.
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It's too bad they didn't play anything from 'He Has Left Us Alone' (that's the record you had in your thread if I recall). The new album doesn't even begin to compare, IMO. I'm glad you enjoyed the performance, though! I'm sure they'd blow me away regardless of what was on the setlist.
Yeah it really is a shame. But they're sort of a totally different band now than they were then. So I can sort of see why. But I'd have been happy if they even played one of the songs I don't really like off any of the first six releases.

Also, I have to figure out Efrims setup. The sounds he gets out of his guitar are epic. It's all sounds I've heard for years on the Godspeed You! Black Emperor albums and the other Silver Mt. Zion albums but this was the first time I've seen them performed live (I could barely see him at GY!BE earlier this year and he was sitting). If anyone knows what he uses (specifically during the first half of Fuck Off Get Free (For the Island of Montreal)) let me know.
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I don’t know what he was expecting (either some Geopolitical discussion or nothing, so he could make a point) but all he got were the usual stupid questions that you’d expect at a rock show (“when is Godspeed coming back to Toronto?”, “why is your hair so curly?”, “is Israel doing the right thing?”, “play Horses in the Sky”) and things got a little awkward in the room after that.
Who would phrase the question that way?

And I'm curious, did Efrim respond?
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Who would phrase the question that way?

And I'm curious, did Efrim respond?
He was a little taken aback by it. He kind of broke character a bit (if you can call it that) and was like, "no". But his tone was like, "you idiot, you fool, why are you asking"? I think it got him pretty mad.

The whole question period was just awkward.
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He was a little taken aback by it. He kind of broke character a bit (if you can call it that) and was like, "no". But his tone was like, "you idiot, you fool, why are you asking"? I think it got him pretty mad.

The whole question period was just awkward.


As much as I respect Efrim and like his music and all, from the limited time I've talked with him and been around him, he doesn't strike me as a man I'd want to sit down in a restaurant with, or have any extended interaction with.

It'd have been really funny if he'd been like, "I think Hamas is doing the right thing," or something like that. That's how I'd respond if someone asked me a question like that while I was on stage.
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Yeah you know what man, I've never heard him speak a word. But the more he talked the more I wanted him to stop.
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