ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
By Mike Dewar
Recently, rock band Round2 played a gig at The Spoke and The
Gazette was there to check it out.
The band, composed of Grant Aldridge, Michael Carabine, Dan
Shaw and Paul Dymond played a great show, albeit to a not-quite-full
Round2 is a well-balanced band, playing both quiet melodies
and full-throttle rock. The music initially comes across as
relaxed and soothing, but Carabine’s extended solos and
Aldridge’s wild drumming successfully kick things up
a notch. Shaw keeps the tune going with vocals and acoustic
guitar, while Dymond shines on the keyboard. Together, the
four of them create a sound reminiscent of older rock, but
with a fresh twist that is sure to appeal to multiple demographics.
The energy Round2 displays on stage is always high, even when
the song is subdued. It’s easy to see all four band members
have a good connection with their songs and a real feeling
for their own music. Key tracks include “She” and “Mistake,” two
fantastic songs with a touch of onstage atmosphere.
Catching up with the band after the show for a brief interview,
Shaw said Round2 was “pushing ahead and liking it.” The
interview was interrupted by campus security, who burst into
the conference room to ensure the band wasn’t smoking.
Don’t worry, we don’t smoke,” Carabine said
with a laugh. “We might do some heroin though.”
Musicians with a decent sense of humour... go figure!