WL14 reviews: Cousins @ The Garrison – Feb. 16, 2014

By Tom Beedham

Cousins @ The Garrison for WL14 - Feb. 16, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham

Cousins @ The Garrison for WL14 – Feb. 16, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham

Sometimes it just takes two.

Halifax drummer Leigh Dotey and guitarist Aaron Mangle’s epic drums and guitar duo Cousins closed out the festival to a crowd that took cues from preceding act Greys and moshed to the band’s fuzzy indie rock all throughout the performance.

After a 40-minute set that closed with a new song about the Harper budget, fans weren’t ready to call the festival quits. They cheered relentlessly for more, and after some short time, the band returned to the stage, Mangle asking, “Can we?”

Of course they could.

The reply Mangle got was a simple thumbs up from the sound technician, and the band used the opportunity to play two last songs: The Palm At The End Of The Mind’s “Thunder,” and “Die,” topping off the festival with its first and only encore.

More photos:
Cousins @ The Garrison for WL14 - Feb. 16, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Cousins @ The Garrison for WL14 - Feb. 16, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Cousins @ The Garrison for WL14 - Feb. 16, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Cousins @ The Garrison for WL14 - Feb. 16, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Cousins @ The Garrison for WL14 - Feb. 16, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Cousins @ The Garrison for WL14 - Feb. 16, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Cousins @ The Garrison for WL14 - Feb. 16, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Cousins @ The Garrison for WL14 - Feb. 16, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Cousins @ The Garrison for WL14 - Feb. 16, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham
Originally published by Aesthetic Magazine.

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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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