03.20.2010 Postdata / Julie Fader / Clinton St. John
Clinton St. John opened the set. Apparently he's opened for Wintersleep in the past. He sung very well and didn't seem as rusty at performing as he made himself out to be. Almost remarkable was the fact that the audience was quite attentive and there was a distinct lack of talk, especially for an opening band.
Julie Fader filled in the middle slot of the show with her blend of acoustic guitar driven. She was accompanied by Jonathan Anderson, who I believe if I did my research correctly, also goes by the moniker, Jonathan Inc. He has a very nice Guild Starfire VI. In retrospect, I'm really starting to appreciate the fact that Canada has a lot of great female (and male for that matter) singer/songwriters. The best thing is that they're all a little different. Julie Fader included. I suppose the best way to describe her sound is very introspective with a hint of melancholy. Tim and Paul from Postdata even jumped in for a couple of her songs.
Postdata, who are essentially Tim and Paul from Wintersleep (Paul's brother is actually in the band instead of Tim, but couldn't tour due to school), closed the show to a much larger crowd than I expected. It'd be simple to say that Postdata is just Wintersleep acoustic, but it's really much more than that. The song writing is quite stripped down and the overall mood is much more personal and for lack of better word raw. They played most of the songs off of their self-titled album then filled the rest of the setlist with I suppose 'new songs', but who knows when they were written. "River run" was probably the most interesting of the new songs as it carried a sampled drum beat. Returning the favour, Julie Fader even added some backing vocals on a couple of songs. The show ended with Kristen Cudmore from local band Language Arts lending some vocals on "Warning". Actually it ended well before 10 pm.