Kazoo! Fest reviews: Not the Wind, Not the Flag @Silence, April 6

Not the Wind, Not the Flag at Silence, April 6. (Photo by Tom Beedham)

Not the Wind, Not the Flag at Silence, April 6. (Photo by Tom Beedham)

When you arrive late to an afternoon set at a place called Silence and Brandon Valdivia is peppering his drums with chaotic-yet-deliberate attacks and Colin Fisher is squealing away on his saxophone in a kind of Colin Stetson-y way, you’re bound to be some kind of overwhelmed.

Half an hour into their set, as if anticipating a sensory overload felt on part of the crowd, Valdivia switched to a melodica, Fisher swapped his sax for a six-string, and they dove into a post-rock slow jam that stood to balance the frantic, free form jazz of their offering thus far.

Although they were already drenched in sweat after an hour of playing to a seated crowd, the duo told the crowd to take five and dove right back into it afterwards.

Offerings like these are what make festivals like Kazoo! Fest so great. They stick out like a sore thumb in a lineup heaped with garage-birthed rock variants and experimental electronic groups, but the exposure to something new is refreshing and… well, just cool.

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About Tom Beedham

Tom Beedham is a Canadian writer and photographer whose work focuses on independent culture, experimental art, DIY communities, and their relationship to the mainstream. He has reported on a spectrum of creatives ranging from emerging acts to the definitive voices of cultural movements. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. He has contributed features to Exclaim!, NOW, A.Side (formerly AUX), Chart Attack, and VICE publications Noisey and THUMP, and has appeared as a correspondent on Daily VICE. Tom is also a co-organizer and curator of the inter-arts series Long Winter, for which he has overseen the publication of an online blog and print newspaper-style community publication, and, in collaboration with Lucy Satzewich, implemented harm reduction strategies for safer event spaces. From 2006-2012, he was Editor-in-Chief of Halton, ON -based youth magazine The Undercroft and served as an outreach worker for parent organization Peer Outreach Support Services and Education (POSSE) Project. He was also a DIY concert organizer in his hometown Georgetown, ON in the mid-2000s.

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