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Busty and the Bass and Effusion A Cappella sync well

Last Sunday, Busty and the Bass and Effusion A Cappella performed an astounding show at L’Astral, one of the most memorable concerts from my time in Montreal. The entire night was different from a typical concert experience; the audience was of all ages and everyone was sitting down, anticipating each song change.  

L'Astral

Busty and the Bass, a local Montreal band with 9 musicians, opened the night. After hearing the group play live in September at OAP, they have been on my music radar and I was extremely excited to see how they had developed over the year. To imagine Bustys‘ sound, think incorporating a groovy bassline as the name suggests, with drums to set a rhythm, and blend this sound with funky element from trumpets, a trombone and an alto sax. To finish, mix this musical conglomeration with catchy melodies of an electric guitar and two pianos. The sounds merge to create a jazzy mix of soul and party-rock.

Busty and the Bass at OAP

Fortunately enough, the band had unrecorded material to share with the audience. It must have been one of their first live performances of their cover for “Toxic” by Britney Spears as well as the original song “Mmhmm”, written by Nick Ferraro, the alto sax player. The musicians did an incredible job of writing that changes tempo while playing. A song can start slowly and pick up in an instance with the addition of another instrument.

Afterwards, Effusion A Cappella came on. It’s astonishing how a group of 16 vocalists with pitches ranging from bass to soprano and everything in between are able to perform music live completely in time with one another. Who needs computer programs when an a cappella groups can make any song or beat from scratch?

Effusion A Cappella

I’ve been an Effusion fan for the past two years and have been to almost every show during that time. It’s incredible how the group manages to make music and hold a crowd’s attention without any instruments. A song I look forward to most is the “Newbie Song”, made and performed exclusively by the first years of the group with an interesting story behind it. As an initiation, all the first years are locked in a room with a bottle of liquor until they have a song completely finished. Creativity comes out and the resulting song tends to be a highlight of the Effusion shows.

Another personal favorite is “Back to Basics”, a classic that’s performed with a new skit at each of their shows. Unfortunately, my camera died so I was unable to capture it during the performance last week. Instead I’m posting a throwback of “back to basics” from an Effusion concert in 2011. Three of these bassists, including Maxwell McLarty, Kevin Lee, and Jordan Benjamin are still with the group today. 

Check out more of Busty and the Bass on Facebook, here.
Check out more of Effusion A Cappella on Facebook, here.

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Written by ccourtois

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