I’ve been waiting years to see both The Sadies and Shadowy Men, so I went into the Rickshaw looking forward to the music and excited at the opportunity to photograph them. These two Toronto-based bands are distinctly Canadian with roots/rockabilly/country influences. They even share one member, Dallas Good, but there sound and performances are quite different.
The Sadies formed in 1994, and are known as much for their own recordings as their collaborations with the likes of Jon Langford and Neko Case. They play loud and wild alt-country, and were having a great time up on stage.
Opening band The Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet play instrumentals with a roots and 60s garage rock sound. As an opening act they could easily have upstaged most headliners, but there was no danger of that. The Sadies were in top form.