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The Hudson in Hamilton
Friday January 12 2001
The Hudson in Hamilton

Additional Acts: none
Ticket Price: $5 at the door
Set List: Set 1: Kousharee / Nejuan / Moot / Camouflage / Two Tales / Single / Gratefully Nowhere / "They Don't Know" jam
Set 2: Greenroot / Biz / Swimming In Chlorine with The Beatles' "Blackbird" tease / Saturn / Silver Gypsy / Static / Unnamed new song / The Flower Song / Weather
Set Length: Each set was around 45 minutes long with a 30 minute break between them
Rough Attendance: 100 - 120
Caught on tape? nope
Poster: none
Notes: This show was fun and a bit unusual due to the set break, which Zygote has only ever done once before. (Apr 16/98) Lots of our friends and fans from Hamilton came out to see the show, and an impressive armada of vehicles made the drive out from Toronto.

Despite the small stage and minimalist sound system, Zygote managed to crank out two impressive sets of energetic tunes, and at several points in the night the floor was literally shaking so hard that unattended beers were tumbling off tables near the stage. During the impromptu They Don't Know jam that ended off the first set, Amir invited me up on stage to trade vocals with Jeremy. I'm pretty sure that I muffed the entire thing, but people tell me that I did alright, so I'll take their word for it.

Both sets felt rather loose and informal, with a "jammy" overtone. Due to the lack of stagelights the band could see the entire room and honestly gauge audience response, so there was a lot of chitchat and general goofing around. A fun night with an interesting flow to it.

The high points of the evening:

Shlag stepping to the front of the stage with his Djembe for the outro to Biz. Amir contorted his vocal mike so it would pick up Shlag's drumming, and for the first time the audience got a proper taste of the thundering counterpoint that Shlag fills that space with.

The debut of a brand new and FUNKY original which won instant audience favour via its head-turning intro and elastic groove. This one should find its way into the catalog of Zygote favourites very quickly. It doesn't have a name yet, but I guarantee you'll recognize it as Zygote's old-school-funkiest offering.

After the gig we peeled out of town in our moderate caravan of vehicles and hunkered down in what are apparently Ancaster's worst lodgings, the Motel Maple Farms. Evil-looking proprietors the Patel Brothers were WAY too suspicious of our intentions at 3:30am and insisted on complete credit checks and head counts. Three rooms with no heating system to speak of, a dead mouse lodged in the overhead lamp and mysteriously cloudy tap water. On checkout the next morning, they actually counted BLANKETS before they would let us leave. Are you kidding me? BLANKETS? Wow dudes, chill out a bit.


Not much to say here. The Hudson is small enough that the boys were basically playing through their amps and the drum kit wasn't miked. Levels were good throughout the night (I thought the first set had more snap than the second) and both vocals rode high in the mix as per Zygote standard.

I took some pictures at the show and the London show (see next review) using my old 35mm. Maybe this time they'll turn out alright, but I doubt it. Either I'm seriously brain-damaged or my camera ain't quite right. Either way I should look into it soon. When they're developed I'll post the pics here.


Let's hear it, folks. I know some of you were at the show, so let us have it. Email comments to zygoteer@hotmail.com.

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Friday, March 15th, 2002 : The Rivoli

Friday, March 1st, 2002 : Havoc in Hamilton VI at The Hudson

Wednesday, February 20th, 2002 : Rafter's Pub in Sudbury

Friday, February 8th, 2002 : Feel The Love: Pre-Valentine's Day Bash at The Opera House

Saturday, December 8th, 2001 : Call The Office in London

Friday, December 7th, 2001 : The Hudson in Hamilton

Saturday, November 24th, 2001 : Kool HaĆ¼s with Big Sugar

Friday, November 23rd, 2001 : The Trasheteria in Peterborough

Thursday, November 22nd, 2001 : The Foundation in Barrie

Thursday, November 8th, 2001 : The Shot in Kingston

Friday, November 2nd, 2001 : The Opera House with Choclair

Saturday, October 27th, 2001 : The Cage in Oakville

Friday, October 26th, 2001 : The Hudson in Hamilton

Friday, October 19th, 2001 : The Capitol Theatre

Saturday, September 8th, 2001 : The Opera House

Friday, August 10th, 2001 : Molson Amphitheatre with Dave Matthews Band

Saturday, July 28th, 2001 : The Hudson in Hamilton

Thursday, July 26th, 2001 : Club Abstract in Kitchener with See Spot Run

Saturday, July 21st, 2001 : Lees Palace

Friday, July 13th, 2001 : Woodstick Festival at Kee to Bala

Friday, July 6th, 2001 : Two Tales II at the Comfort Zone

Friday, June 8th, 2001 : NXNE at The Reverb

Friday, May 4th, 2001 : In Concert at The Warehouse

Friday, April 6th, 2001 : Federation Hall at U o f Waterloo

Saturday, February 17th, 2001 : Lees Palace

Friday, January 19th, 2001 : The Opera House

Saturday, January 13th, 2001 : The Embassy in London

Friday, January 12th, 2001 : The Hudson in Hamilton

Friday, November 17th, 2000 : Zygote Into The Fray at The Rivoli

Saturday, November 11th, 2000 : The Haunt in Ithaca NY

Friday, October 6th, 2000 : In Concert at The Opera House

Saturday, September 2nd, 2000 : Two Tales at The Rivoli

Saturday, July 29th, 2000 : The Rivoli

Sunday, July 16th, 2000 : Molson Indy

Saturday, June 17th, 2000 : The Rivoli

Thursday, June 8th, 2000 : NXNE 2000 at Clintons Tavern

Saturday, May 20th, 2000 : All Ages at The Comfort Zone

Thursday, May 18th, 2000 : Rock Search 2000 at Front 54 in Thorold

Friday, April 21st, 2000 : The Rivoli

Friday, April 21st, 2000 : La Luna in Hamilton

Sunday, March 26th, 2000 : Whiskey Joes in Hamilton with The Headstones

Friday, March 17th, 2000 : St Patricks Day Bash at The Rivoli

Thursday, March 2nd, 2000 : Canadian Music Week at The 360

Saturday, February 12th, 2000 : The Rivoli

Saturday, January 22nd, 2000 : The Hudson in Hamilton

Saturday, November 6th, 1999 : The Opera House with Wide Mouth Mason

Saturday, October 16th, 1999 : The Rivoli

Friday, September 3rd, 1999 : The Rivoli

Friday, July 23rd, 1999 : The Reverb

Saturday, June 26th, 1999 : The Rivoli CD Release

Friday, May 21st, 1999 : The Rivoli

Friday, April 30th, 1999 : The Rivoli

Thursday, April 15th, 1999 : The Reverb

Saturday, December 5th, 1998 : The Rivoli

Thursday, November 19th, 1998 : The Gordon Best Theatre Peterborough

Friday, October 9th, 1998 : The Comfort Zone

Friday, October 2nd, 1998 : The Horseshoe Tavern

Saturday, September 5th, 1998 : The Horseshoe Tavern

Saturday, July 11th, 1998 : The Comfort Zone

Saturday, May 30th, 1998 : The Regency Hotel

Friday, May 29th, 1998 : The Comfort Zone

Saturday, May 23rd, 1998 : The Opera House with The Headstones

Saturday, May 23rd, 1998 : The Big Bop

Thursday, May 14th, 1998 : Lees Palace with Humphat

Saturday, May 2nd, 1998 : The Comfort Zone

Saturday, April 18th, 1998 : El Mocambo Upstairs

Thursday, April 16th, 1998 : Unplugged at The Silver Dollar with Brian Gladstone

Friday, March 20th, 1998 : The Big Bop

Friday, February 6th, 1998 : The 360

Saturday, January 31st, 1998 : Call The Office London with Zuuls Evil Disco

Friday, October 31st, 1997 : Halloween at The Original Six Sports Bar

Friday, October 17th, 1997 : El Mocambo

Friday, June 6th, 1997 : The Generator w Ron Hawkins of Lowest of the Low

Friday, May 23rd, 1997 : The Comfort Zone

Friday, April 25th, 1997 : The Comfort Zone

Saturday, March 29th, 1997 : The 360 with Black Cabbage

Saturday, March 15th, 1997 : AE Pi Frat Party at The Reverb

Friday, January 31st, 1997 : The Comfort Zone with Andru Branch

Saturday, January 25th, 1997 : The Warehouse with Fishbone

Thursday, January 23rd, 1997 : Red Dog Tavern Peterborough with Tied To The Tracks

Monday, November 4th, 1996 : The Horseshoe Tavern

Friday, September 27th, 1996 : The Generator

Saturday, July 27th, 1996 : The Honey Pot

Saturday, June 8th, 1996 : El Mocambo

Friday, April 5th, 1996 : El Mocambo

Friday, October 7th, 1994 : The Opera House with Infinity

Thursday, June 23rd, 1994 : Classic Studios

Friday, June 10th, 1994 : The Shamrock

Saturday, May 8th, 1993 : Rock n Roll Challenge II at The Spectrum