February 27, 2016
MacEwan Ballroom Calgary, Alberta
Review By Shannon Ambrose
Photos Courtesy of J. Dirom Photography
Raw, driving and powerful; all the reasons people flock to arenas to cheer on those beefed up, testosterone-esque vehicles, crushing cars beneath their massive tires. It’s no coincidence four guys from Hamilton, Ontario, dubbed their brand of rock n’ roll by the same name as those beasts on four wheels.
Monster Truck brought their Sittin’ Heavy Tour to Calgary, Alberta on February 27th, and the heavy-hitting rock was relentless. That’s exactly what the band is known for; pure, raw, driving rock n’ roll.
Supporting act, UK band, The Temperance Movement performed a 45-minute set, which consisted of tracks from their current release, White Bear. Their hard, blues infused rock was a perfect lead-in for Monster Truck, with a gritty, wonderfully infused reverb sound. Only knowing a couple songs off their current CD, I was pleasantly surprised by their music and energy on stage. I am now a Temperance Movement fan.
On to Monster Truck; playing an almost 90-minute set, the setlist was a mix of old and new, with tracks from their 2013 release, Furiosity, and the recently released, Sittin’ Heavy. This was my third time seeing the foursome from “The Hammer“, and they never disappoint.
With a high energy stage show, coupled with that in-your-face, fist-pounding music, Monster Truck leaves their fans exhausted and satisfied, as the packed MacEwan Ball Room sang along with the hits, head-banged and held their glasses of beer high. That’s exactly what Monster Truck is about; a throw-back to those days when music wasn’t about auto-tune, or sampling. It was about loud guitars and raw power, and perhaps something cold (possibly fermented) in your hand.
To paraphrase Ms. Bette Davis; Fasten your seatbelts kids, Monster Truck is a bumpy – yet wonderful ride!
Why Are You Not Rocking?
Don’t Tell Me How to Live
She’s a Witch
Seven Seas Blues
Things Get Better
For the People
Another Man’s Shoes
For the Sun
Sweet Mountain River