Dawson band Fallen Tribunal, Lazy Workforce, Madam Flip Flop and Uppercat play at Bistro de Paris
By Brian Lapuz
The owners of the Bistro de Paris decided to postponed the show until the end of the Habs game. How silly.
I was ordering a pint and, out of the blue, Lazy Workforce blew my ears out (not really), kicking off the show last Saturday, followed by Madam Flip Flop, Uppercat and Dawson band Fallen Tribunal.
To begin, Lazy Workforce’s vocalist, Jonathan Miron-Fyfe, definitely knew how to sing and scream for the metal genre. This guy was reminiscent of Jack Black in the School of Rock’s introduction, where Jack Black goes all out on stage, except, for Miron-Fyfe’s case, the crowd was supportive – and he didn’t have long hair and a scruff, but a bald head and a five o’clock shadow.
One of their songs, “Wing and Aspirations,” began with a screeching distorted guitar lick, followed by a mini-solo which felt like someone was hammering a nails in both my ears and the song included breakdowns that made me want to fucking mosh. Too bad Bistro de Paris couldn’t accommodate for said crowd activities.
Lazy Workforce, “Sexy Workforce” yelled some audience members, played a their progressive metal set. Bassist Julien Dek’Madec, guitarist Felix Bolduc, drummer Phil Vallancour and Miron-Fyfe were well co-ordinated for the sharp tempo changes for this style of metal.
Miron-Fyfe also didn’t shy away from stepping down the two steps leading to the stage to get close to the sitting crowd. At one occasion, he got on top of the Bar to
scream his lungs out.
And the proceeds go to the Shriners Hospital For Children in Montreal. Thank you NDG Entertainment for putting this night together.
Next up, Madam Flip Flop. They kicked it off with a heavy rock intro paired with a short classic rock solo. Gianni Berretta’s vocals were nothing memorable, but his bass riffs were solid. Jonathan DeSua on the keyboard gave the music more depth and Adam Zara was solid on the drums, as well.
The guitarist, Angelo Zarra, sure loved the use of tremolos. Their music had a progressive rock sound that jumps to the realm of metal on some occasions. Third semester Photography student Victor Vargas Villafuerte pointed out the fact that they try to sound like Rush.
Third in line, punk band Uppercat… and their one ska song.
The band is comprised of Karoline Dubé on vocals, Chris Dereaux on guitars and backing vocals, Alain Prud’Homme on drums and Dek’Madec took up the bass once more. This time he wore a Rancid shirt.
This band wasn’t easy to listen to, or watch.
Dubé, despite her cuteness, was quite clumsy on stage. She seemed like too soft and calm of a person for the bands style of music. Dubé was either reluctant to stress her vocal chords or her vocal chords couldn’t take the stress or she is simply lacking anger in her life.
Still, some members of the audience were familiar with some songs and chanted along.
Last, but not least, Fallen Tribunal, an alternative rock and metal band composed of younger adults and highschool kids, ended the night.
Jacques Asseline, first semester Cin/Vid/Com student was pumped. He ripped his thin grey and black stripped sweater while jumping during their first song’s intro. Backed by Anthony Caporali on drums, Jesse Just Costa’s lead guitar, George Penney’s rhythm guitar and backing vocals and first semester Cin/Vid/Com student Andrew Macpherson on the bass, Asseline delivered some sweet sounding vocals that would make teenage girls wet.
Halfway through their first song, Asseline decided to pull out a stick of deodorant from his back pocket and applied it on his armpits.
Throughout the whole show, he showed no restraint on stage when it came to expressing himself. He jumped around and climbed on the railing in front of the bar’s stage. He was also live-ing up the audience with funny commentary such as calling Zarra a cute guitarist.
“My name is Nine-Volt because I constantly electrocute myself at band practice. Now you know why I act so silly,” Asseline said.