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.

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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 based in Toronto, Ontario. His work focuses on independent culture, DIY communities, and their relationship to the mainstream, reporting on a spectrum of creatives that has ranged from emerging acts to the definitive voices of cultural movements. In addition to contributing regular features to AUX, Chart Attack, and VICE publications Noisey and THUMP, he has appeared on Daily VICE, and frequently reviews concerts, festivals, and new album releases for Canadian arts and culture monthly Exclaim!. He is also a co-organizer and curator of the seasonal inter-arts series Long Winter, for which he oversees an online blog and print newspaper-style publication, printed for distribution at each instalment of the event. He was also a DIY concert organizer in his hometown Georgetown, Ontario in the mid-2000s.

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