Local Bands Play for Kenya

April 27, 2012

Community, Events, Music Reviews

On Friday, April 13th, local bands Tough Lovers, Bed of Stars, and Derrival came together to play a benefit concert which raised $700.00 for Project Kenya Sister Schools.

The bands played at Fort Community Hall and were brought together by Derrival’s lead singer, Adam Mah, to raise money for PKSS which Mah is heavily involved in. Over 100 people attended – a mixture of parents, students, and alternative rock fans enjoyed songs from the three Lower Mainland groups. 

Derrival opened the two and a half hour show, starting with one of their unreleased songs, “Young Bodies.” Deven Azevedo, the bassist for Derrival, was pleased with the performance.

“It was a lot of fun,” he said. “It was the most sophisticated sound we’ve ever had, with monitors that actually work.”

They also played songs from their EP, “Where There’s Smoke,” and “Digital 7,” (The Autumn Game/Modern Age Kids), as well as other unreleased songs such as “Lynn Canyon.” The song was debuted at Project Kenya’s recent Skype night where Mah and Azevedo played an acoustic version for a group of  Kenyan kids at Loise Girls School during a Skype exchange.

Bed of Stars played mostly unreleased songs, as well as a few better known songs including “Nothing Left to Lose” from their upcoming EP, I Fell In Love In The City which has often been featured on local indie-rock radio station 100.5- the Peak. The performance had a casual atmosphere; Evan Konrad, lead vocalist for Bed of Stars, dedicated the performance of “Nothing Left to Lose” to Rachael Mah for her birthday.

Tough Love finished the show, playing songs from their older EP Exits as well as hits from their newly released EP called Good Morning.

The whole show was was greatly appreciated by the members of the audience. “They were evenly matched in attractiveness and talent,” one student said, and everyone showed their support with loud applause and great dancing.

“It was pretty crazy to actually play a show with bands I listen to, then go into the audience and be excited to hear them,” Mah said about the concert.

The student-run concert was a great night of music and community that was appreciated by all.

Grace Kennedy

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