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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Show Review: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La Band at the Bluebird, Tuesday, May 27

Posted By on Wed, May 28, 2008 at 11:49 AM

(Words and photos by Vikram Singh)

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There was an unseasonable chill in the air Tuesday night. Maybe it was just a fluke -- or maybe, just maybe, Montreal's Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra La La Band brought a little slice of Canadian weather with them. The seven-piece band included two violins, a cello and an upright bass, filling the Bluebird with the sweeping grandeur of its symphonic post-rock.

The highlight of the ninety-minute set might was the fourteen-minute long "One Million Died to Make This Sound." The song began as male and female vocals softly chanted the title together for several minutes. A cello riff then interrupted them and ushered in a seven-minute attack of guitar, drums, vocals and violins, before the group closed with the same chanting that started it.

The band ended its set with a new song titled "There is a Light."

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