THE MOST SERENE REPUBLIC at the Pike Room

TUESDAY MARCH 4, 2008
doors at 8PM, show at 8PM
tickets: $10 (buy tickets)

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Aurally, THE MOST SERENE REPUBLIC are a lush, spacey hybrid of the Postal Service and the Broken Social Scene, and all the hype they've been getting because of their connection with the latter (Most Serene Republic and BSS are on the same label, Canada's Arts & Crafts) is more than warranted. Frontman Adrian Jewett commands attention with his uncultivated stage antics, throwing his legs up in the air and backpedaling his way through the band's songs. And his undying energy is vivid, soaking through the rest of his bandmates' sincere playfulness on tunes such as "Why So Looking Back" and "Sherry and Her Butterfly Net." A mix of Emma Ditchburn's lilting, ethereal vocals and Jewett's high-pitched offerings, joined with the striking versatility of the instrumentals bestowed upon the sea of tranquil smiles and certainly leaves a literal feeling of inclusion in a Most Serene Republic. With the JEALOUS GIRLFRIENDS: clever melodies that float over harmonious and rhythmic epics. They have mined their influences for only the finest treasures, somehow conjuring up Edith Piaf on a Ouija board at Blur's house. With soaring vocals that scratch your heart like a back, decadent instrumentation and a myriad of emotions, their music takes chances.

 

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