Energy Slime Commonwealth, Calgary AB, June 26
Published Jun 27, 2015Ostensibly, Energy Slime aren't to be taken seriously. Their short songs are built on inside jokes and were reportedly written as quickly as possible. That playfulness is infectious, however, washing over the audience and waking them out of their festival fatigue. It's almost like, well, an energy slime.
Performing songs from their New Dimensional album (which, it should be noted, fits on one seven-inch record) as well as some other loose cuts, the band offered up a bright, sunny and laugh-filled set that was truly perfect for the mid-afternoon Mint Records party. Unbeknownst to the rest of the band, Energy Slime's drummer spent half the set standing up while he played; the rest of the time, he kept a scarf over his face and couldn't see, eventually tossing his shirt into the crowd.
There's no question that the band's core team of Jay Arner and Jessica Deslisle are two of Vancouver's strongest talents, but it's even better that they don't take themselves too seriously onstage.