illScarlett, Down with Webster hit RumRunners

Bands leave audience screaming for more

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

illScarlett

If one concert could represent the dynamic range of Canadian sound, this was it.

From hip-hop to reggae punk, Down With Webster and illScarlett put on an exciting show at Rumrunners last Friday.

King’s University College’s Student Council worked hard to put this show together and 600 tickets later, a restless all-ages adrenaline-pumped crowd pressed against the stage.

The show opened with Pilgrim, a band made up of Western students. The band’s progressive rock style was a good lead-in to what was to come.

The action really heated up when seven-man band Down With Webster hit the stage. Dressed to impress, DWW raged, playing crowd favourites like “Miracle Mile” and “Grind.”

The band’s fusion of hip-hop and progressive rock made magic as it filled the room. DWW’s drummer, Marty, wore his trademark knee-high tube socks and bright underwear, making for lots of laughs.

The most hypnotizing part of the band’s performance, aside from its incredible music and style, was watching how much fun it had on stage.

Back from its tour across Canada promoting its new album, All Day With It, illScarlett knew how to put on a solid show and wasted little time in doing so.

The concert continually shifted gears from hip-hop to reggae punk after illScarlett opened with its single, “All Day With It.”

Frontman Alex Norman’s smooth melodic vocals added an aural touch that was musically pleasing.

In the spirit of Halloween, illScarlett’s entourage filled the stage’s sidelines, completely decked out in costume. But the entourage members weren’t the only extra bodies on stage. Hyped-up fans climbed onstage and did backflips into a sea of sweaty, energetic students throughout the night.

Despite a lot of retuning and tweaking of volume levels, Norman wasn’t impressed with the sound quality. The fans didn’t seem to notice, as they rocked out just as hard to every song. Crowd favourites were “OneA,” “NTF” and a cover of Rihanna’s “Umbrella.”

No doubt Western will be enthusiastically craving the return of these great acts.

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