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The Rest @ CHCH Studios

. : : April 29th, 2013 : : . A day before front man Adam Bentley announced that The Rest would be calling it quits after a decade of making music together, a fraction of the band showed up on Hamilton’s CHCH broadcast of Morning Live. Whether this sliver formation was foreshadowing of the news forth-coming or a curious coincidence caused by scheduling conflicts, I certainly couldn’t say — but it seems somehow sadly appropriate. One blessing that can be counted is the unique version of the band’s single, Always On My Mind, from their final release, Seesaw. Stripped almost to it’s base core, Adam’s hauntingly lamentful voice is…

The Rest @ Drake Underground

One late April afternoon, quite out of the blue, Hamilton’s indie darlings The Rest announced that they would be parting ways as a band. There was none of the drama or theatrics that all too often mars the legacy of a great band; no drug busts or burgeoning solo careers, no assault arrests or overdoses, no egos or split ideologies. In fact, after several incidents that would have spelled the demise of other bands, including the tragic death of friend and producer Dan Achen, and the loss of a hard drive containing near completed recordings of tracks that would later be recovered and…

The Rest @ Drake Underground

. : : June 22nd, 2012 : : . It’s near impossible to talk about The Rest and their latest effort Seesaw, without discussing the storied history of the album. It’s been repeated ad nauseum; nary an article reviewing the album has managed to be written without contextualizing it within its colourful history. It’s become almost a trite, tired cliche that the review of the work comes secondary to a re-telling of its troubled past, which is a shame. After all, the album isn’t informed one note by the hard drive crash that all but erased it from existence. Not one song is influenced by…

The Rest @ Abyssinia

      . : : March 9th, 2012 : : . As I mentioned in my Andrew Cole blog, I spent the entire evening at the Drake Underground with a watchful eye on an ever depleting battery meter on my Edirol recorder. By the halfway point in Andrew Cole’s set, it had started blinking the low battery notification message, and I was certain that I was going to run out of juice before the set ended. Without spare batteries on hand, I was helpless. The blinking became more urgent, and it looked like it was going to die any second. I hate having incomplete recordings,…

The Rest @ Tranzac

. : : December 16th, 2011 : : . I was excited to see Danny Michel play Lee’s Palace for a couple of months. Danny is one of my all-time favourite live performers, and after missing him play southern Ontario gigs of various sizes a couple of times over the summer, I was happy he’d be playing what was sure to be a good show close to home. That is, of course, Until The Rest announced their special Restivus show. On one hand, you had Danny Michel. On the other? Both The Rest and Dark Mean. Then again, it was the first time I’d been able to see Danny…

The Rest @ El Mocambo

. : : October 21st, 2011 : : . I’ve already stated several times that The Rest is one of the best bands I’ve discovered this year. Their forth-coming album, See-Saw, promises to be phenomenal — and that’s not me just whistlin’ dixie: the band has released two songs as a double A-side single as a preview, available now to download for free on their bandcamp page. Having seen them play The Horseshoe Tavern and The Great Hall, I was interested to see how they would fit their plethora of band members on a stage as small as the one at the El Mocambo for the Indie Machine showcase. Turns…

The Rest @ Great Hall

. : : July 29th, 2011 : : . I can’t say I knew much of anything about the Out of the Box Festival a week before it started. I’m not as in touch with local music as you might expect for someone with a blog such as mine, so when Hamilton’s The Rest announced on their various social networking sites that they would be playing The Great Hall for the festival, I had mixed feelings. To begin with, the announcement was only a handful of days before the festival, and I was scheduled to work that evening. Also, the idea of paying for a festival pass when…

The Rest @ Horseshoe Tavern

. : : June 24th, 2011 : : . Following Tacoma Hellfarm Tragedy, I stepped outside The Horseshoe Tavern to grab some delicious street meat (Italian sausage, to be exact). The next band on stage was set to be Hamilton’s The Rest. In a rush to leave the house, I forgot to pack spare batteries. Actually, I forgot to pack fresh batteries at all! The only ones I had on me were the two already in the recorder which had been fairly heavily used a week earlier to tape the Jim Bryson CBC session. It seemed unlikely that I would be able to manage to wrangle another four…