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Concert Review

The High Dials @ Call the Office
Sep. 23, 2003

Up-and-coming Canadian psychedelic pop group The High Dials had a good buzz surrounding them as they hit the Call the Office stage last Tuesday night. Under their old moniker "The Datson Four," the band would rock out all-nighter mod parties, but as The High Dials they're doing laps in the '60s circuit, turning out some catchy, classic pop song writing. By the third song in their set, everyone was grinning and bopping their head to the band's infectious melodies and jangly guitars. Some audience members - myself included - even tried to sing the three-part harmonies without knowing the lyrics! Comparisons to the Beatles' Revolver and the Kinks' The Village Green Preservation are inevitable as the band often wears their influences on their sleeves. Interesting themes of technological dominance and the return to nature are visited lyrically on the songs from their recently released album A New Devotion. All in all, this new discovery from Montreal put on a surprisingly pleasant show.

-Marc Cacciotti





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