Photo Gallery: CYOA Spring Signals w/ Brigitte Bardont, Reptilian Brain Cage & Glaasen
In many ways, the show was an experiment. All three acts exposed the audience to unorthodox musical styles, provoking extreme reactions, both negative and positive. Glaasen (the "no-wave" act of Fuses own Pam Haasen and Tim Glasgow) performed a wildly entertaining (and hilarious) set of impromptu noise-punk jams that took everyone by surprise.
Reptilian Brain Cage, the spoken word/industrial noise project helmed by local reptoid leader Rice Brancage, launched a sonic and verbal assault against the audience with layers of harsh noise and the grotesque, contemptuous proclamations of anti-poet Tom Prime.
The night came to a surreal conclusion with an entrancing, dream-like performance from Toronto sound artist Brigitte Bardont. She appeared as a spectral apparition, walking amongst the crowd and enveloping the room with her siren-like vocal ranges and spellbinding washes of ambient drone.
Imagine, all of this taking place at a former country and western bar. With the 27 club smiling down upon us and drunken karaoke echoing from the front room, we took a chance, clashing cultures and challenging eardrums. Is this a sign of evolution in the Forest City? We think so.
Photos by Iain Ailles and Michael Del Vecchio.