October 3, 2003  
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Concert Review

By Mike Dewar
Gazette Staff

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 house.

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!

 

 

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