On Thursday March 7, 2013 we finally got across the bridge to catch the Steve McCall Band playing at The Argyle. The Argyle is located in the heart of downtown Halifax; so with the 25th anniversary of the ECMA’s currently taking place, we took advantage of the chance to catch Steve’s band on a night that was not too crowded. Being able to move around the club without having to bother patrons makes our job much easier.
Before going any further I have to thank Cavell Hudson for putting our second camera to work. She provided us with numerous excellent shots that we added to the galleries on our Facebook page.
We remember Steve from his days playing the local club circuit with Broken Toys many many years ago. It was really good to see that Steve had returned to performing with a set entirely made up of original material. Steve put together a great group of local musicians consisting of Billy Graham on acoustic guitar and vocals, Chris Cromwell on bass guitar and Dana Helpard playing drums and background vocals.
As we mentioned earlier, the entire set consisted of original material. We had listened to a couple of these tunes prior to the show, but wanted to go in with no preconceived opinion of the rest of the new material, so we left it at that. The band was using a wireless audio mixing setup which makes use of the latest technologies which was really nice to see. Sadly The Argyle did not allow any type of sound check which resulted in a number of small technical glitches with the sound during the show. 3 songs that caught our attention during the nights performance were Open Blue, Believe and Breaking up with MaryJane. Believe stood out as our personal favourite. Even with the audio glitches, Steve and his band played an enjoyable set of original material that was well worth seeing. We want to thank Steve McCall for taking part in our little blog and wish him and his band mates all the best in 2013.
We hope you enjoyed our coverage and we will post our interview with Steve McCall in the near future.