September 19, 2011

Ben Caplan and the Casual Smoker at Drake Hotel on September14th

"I love that guy!!!" - Yelled by one of us in the audience who witnessed a madness in the midst of a show.- The madness, which was created by Halifax songwriter, Ben Caplan and his backing band, The Casual Smokers at Drake Hotel Underground on September 14th for AudioBlood TIFF showcase with Sandman Viper Command and the Balconies.

The long curly haired, bearded gentleman transformed into a musical beast on the stage. Caplan appeared from the back of the venue, firing the alarm. He raged onto the stage and instantly grabbed everyone's attention.Right after the surprising appearance and performing a few songs,  It became very obvious that Caplan took the audience by storm not only with his witty and frank talk between songs, but also his charismatic and propounding voice. He continued to amuse them with songs from the upcoming album, "In the Time of the Great Remembering." such as "South bound."  However it was just the lull before the storm.

With the performance of a song, (which is not included in the album) "40 days and 40 nights," the musical prodigy went wild, shouting and screaming at the audience.-"I miss my woman! I miss my woman!!!." While the howling with longing emotion at the crowed, he rampaged to the march area, grabbed a saxophone,and returned to the stage with squeaky sounds, which made my jaw drop. "I know how to play my madness. That's my instrument." -Exclaimed Caplan after making a note of performing one noise from the saxophone. 

He engaged so well with everyone to pertain in the madness.-Caplan: "Around the woo for everyone I bought them for you!" Laughter after laughter, He closed his show with more walzy and compelling tunes, " Conduit" and "Stranger" which hummingg with the audience. It was definitely a goosebumps performance that I haven't seen in a while. 

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