The Interrupters + Skinny Lister + Sharp/Shock @ MTelus – 3rd November 2019

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The Interrupters in Montreal

The Interrupters played their biggest ever headlining show last night at the Mtelus and I almost missed it! (I’m blaming daylight savings time).  

Another dark and drizzling Sunday night and the thought of changing out of my PJs and leaving the house was daunting.  Dressing up in layers and taking a shot of whiskey to warm my bones I headed downtown.

There were two opening acts but unfortunately, I only caught the end of the first one.  Sharp/Shock is a punk trio from the UK who are based out of LA. Their meshing of British and American influences create a very honest sound which remains loyal to their genre.  If the members of The Jam and Green Day had sons who formed a band, it would be Sharp/Shock.

Skinny Lister

Skinny Lister crashed the stage around 8:15 and tore it up!  The six-member, indie/folk-punk ensemble created the perfect ruckus.  I had never heard of them before but quickly became a fan. I’m not sure if it was the combination of accordion and upright bass but Skinny Lister reminded me of The Pogues.  I love the Pogues.

The Interrupters bounced onto the stage around 9:30 and did not stop bouncing until their very last song. The ska/punk quartet from LA are Aimee Interruptor (lead vocals) and brothers Kevin (guitar/backing vocals), Justin (bass/backing vocals) and Jesse Binova (drums/backing vocals).

Formed in 2011, their third studio album “Fight The Good Fight” was released in 2018.  It features “She’s Kerosene” and “Gave You Everything” which charted at #1 and #2 in Canada.

The lovely Aimee Interrupter was a perfect punk rock goddess in her black torn jeans, black leather motorcycle jacket and black high top Converse sneakers.  

Opening their set with “A Friend Like Me” from their first and self-titled album, The Interrupters wasted no time proving why Montreal loves them so hard.  Every single song was performed with pure heart and soul.  

Aimee dedicated “By  My Side” to a fan that she met, giving a genuine shout out to Emily who was battling panic attacks and anxiety.  She reached into the crowd more than once holding hands and sharing the mic with audience members.

Aimee’s voice had just the right amount of snarl and grit as she declared.

What’s your plan for tomorrow?

Are you a leader or will you follow?

Are you a fighter or will you cower?

It’s our time to take back the power

(Take Back The Power)

The Binova brothers were equally fun and feisty, running across the stage and jumping on top of platforms and also into the crowd.  I had watched the first two bands on the main floor with photographer Kieron Yates but luckily moved to the balcony. There was a lot of crowd surfing going on, which seemed to annoy the hell out of the security staff.  

They covered Billie Eilish‘S “Bad Guy”, slowing it down and adding a trumpet which totally worked.  Their cover of Berlin’s 80’s hit “Metro” was was a cool surprise but not as cool as their version of Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69”.

The Interrupters are one of the most high-energy and interactive bands that I’ve ever witnessed.  They feel all of their lyrics and made us all feel as though they were singing it to us personally for the very first time.  They turned on the house lights more than once so that they could look at the crowd while we all sang along.  

They somehow managed to keep everything on a steady high for the entire 90 minutes that they were on stage. They did not slow down once,  wrapping it up with “She’s Kerosene”, leaving the crowd happy and exhausted.  

Remember that feeling, when you skipped school with your best friend and went downtown?  

At the end of the day, you were spent, your feet hurt and you didn’t want to go home but the sun was going down and you needed to catch the last bus. 

The Interrupters reminded me how much fun it was to be a rebel, to be young and to…

“Fight like a titleholder

Stand like a champion

Live like a warrior

And never let ’em break you down”

Setlist

  1. A Friend Like Me
  2. By My Side
  3. Take Back the Power
  4. Title Holder
  5. Be Gone
  6. Haven’t Seen the Last of Me
  7. Bad Guy  (Billie Eilish cover)
  8. Broken World
  9. Easy on You
  10. Got Each Other
  11. Rumors and Gossip
  12. Jenny Drinks
  13. On a Turntable
  14. The Valley
  15. Not Personal
  16. She Got Arrested
  17. Gave You Everything
  18. Summer of 69
  19. Metro. (Berlin cover)
  20. A Friend Like Me (reprise)
  21. She’s Kerosene


Review – Annette Aghazarian
Photos – Kieron Yates

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