Midway in their North-American promotional tour, Montréal’s SOLIDS performed at the 529 Bar in Atlanta on March 14. Singer/guitarist Xavier Germain-Poitras and drummer/singer Louis Guillemette rocked Georgia’s capital with their unique alterno-grunge-punk-rock sound, a few days only after playing to packed rooms at Maggie Mae’s, as part of Planet Québec’s music program at South by Southwest ™, held in Austin from March 11 to March 16.
In this intimate venue, the two-man band walked on stage around midnight. In a matter of seconds their audience was in thrall. Blown away by the duo’s contagious energy, the crowd took to twirling the lamp hanging from the ceiling, the only source of light in the room. It was pure, low-tech interactivity, but it fit the moment to perfection.
Performing several songs from their latest album, Blame Confusion, released on February 18, SOLIDS pulled a great show lasting until the wee hours. Germain-Poitras and Guillemette were delighted with their brief visit: “Atlanta was a success for us because the crowd made us feel like we were at home. We performed in more crowded venues in this tour, but Atlanta was special because when the audience participates as it did here, it makes all the difference in the world.”
After Atlanta, the two Quebecers take their North-American promotional tour to several other U.S. cities, including New York City and Philadelphia, before crossing the ocean for a European tour beginning in May. Visit http://www.sssolidsss.com for all the upcoming tour dates.
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