’Staches rock at the Brooklyn

EngSoc hosts fundraising concert for Movember

Johnny Cone, lead singer of LazerBear.
Johnny Cone, lead singer of LazerBear.

At Queen’s, Movember season means valiant attempts at sprouting facial hair and several students ready to pinch their pockets to donate to a good cause.

This year, Movember was brought to a close with a free charity concert, “Moustache Rock” featuring a local Kingston band, the Lazerbears.

Taking place at The Brooklyn, the concert was a celebration of the Kingston residents and Queen’s students’ dedication to the spirit and goal of the Movember Foundation.

As a joint effort between the Queen’s Engineering Society — who organized the event — and the Brooklyn, the concert, despite having a late start, provided the ideal place to relax and unwind from the stress of the past semester.

Once attendees started trickling in, the concert gradually gained momentum. LazerBear was described by Daniel Khao, Sci ’17, as having an “indie sound”.

The concert took off with the performance of their first song that showcased powerful vocals and an energy that would carry on throughout the show.

This charisma was accompanied by a wide range of sounds that were at times rhythmic and upbeat, or mellow and melancholic that managed to draw in the audience.

The loud and powerful rhythm and beat of the music often overpowered the vocals of the band, but the vibrant sounds still brought out the urge in the audience to clap and tap their feet to the beat and tune of the music.

Listening to the band was labelled by Khao as being similar to an almost “religious experience” as a result of their unique and introspective lyrics.

As such, the band’s smooth and at same time soulful sounds are also vaguely reminiscent of the well-known band the Black Keys. They both have an old time rock and roll feel to their music.

In the end, The Brooklyn proved to be the ideal location for this low-key concert since the cozy and intimate space provided a warm and welcoming atmosphere for its patrons. Complemented by the smooth and rhythmic beats of LazerBear, the bar provided the perfect avenue for the charity concert.

Queen’s Eng Movember group has raised $400 in donations on their Movember Canada page thus far.


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