Waiting For Sunday at The Bourbon

Photos by Will McClary

The final Saturday night of November 2009 at the Bourbon brought a great line up of local acts to an enthusiastic audience of fans and patrons alike. The focal point of the evening was opening act Waiting for Sunday. The Vancouver band, consisting of members Dan Hudson on vocals and guitar, Ben Weymouth on drums, Mircea Tracke covering bass, and Matt Gauld on lead guitar, brought a refreshing and impressive set of indie and folk rock tunes to the stage.

With an enthusiastic audience, which seemed to include a good amount of fans, the four-piece band was incredibly gracious for the support and made it quite clear that they were there simply because they love to play their music. And such an observation is reiterated on their MySpace, as they lament that music “gets [them] through the hard days, through the 9-5, and…keeps [them] sane in today’s world.” I couldn’t agree more, and as such I am even more inclined to give these guys a big thumbs up and hope that they keep making music as long as they can.

WFSAt first listen, you will notice similarities to Canadian folk-rock favourite Dallas Green of City and Colour, though often times with a bit of a rockier edge, as the group opts for the electric guitar. When vocals can often bring down a group full of promise, Waiting for Sunday successfully avoided this problem, with lead singer Dan Hudson providing some consistent and impressive vocals that brought forward a great deal of raw emotion. The band as a whole pulled together a great show, and very tight performance. Songs of note include “One Night In Barcelona”, as well as “The Breakup,” a great ballad.

Overall, Waiting for Sunday’s performance at the Bourbon was a great showing of some awesome local music and the good things that can result from persistency. With lead guitarist Matt Gauld wearing a Canucks jersey in celebration of game night, the atmosphere was relaxed and supportive. I can only hope Hudson and his three bandmates keep up the hard work and continue to have a presence in Vancouver’s music scene.

You can catch the band at their upcoming shows at Gargoyles Bar and The Media Club, in December and January, respectively.