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Havoc in Hamilton VI at The Hudson
Additional Acts: Left Pencey
Ticket Price: $5.00 at the door
Set List: Biz with Ladies plug / Swimming In Chlorine / I Did It For You / Girl Next Door / Gratefully Nowhere / Drop D / Sting / Nejuan / Little Ditty / Static / Father / Percussion piece --> C / Two Tales / Sublime's "Santeria" / GreenRoot / Fast Funk / Sitting on the Couch Sipping Lemonade --> Weather
Set Length: 1.5 hours from 11:30 - 1am
Rough Attendance: 50 - 75
Caught on tape? No.
Poster: Standard Zygote road poster

Notes: This one was a bit strange, but still good. Openers Left Pencey brought a bunch of friends and family members to watch them play... the average age in there was about 40 until their set ended and all the mommies and daddies went home.... basically we did NOT get along with Left Pencey. Nothing specific really, we just rubbed each other the wrong way. Hate at first sight.

Inter-band squabbles notwithstanding, the 'Gote put on an energetic show with lots of new material and your typical Hudson hijinks. Normally at the Hudson we do a 2-set plan with a 20-minute break, but Left Pencey started late and pushed us back to the point where we had to condense the two sets into a single long one. Did I say lots of new material? Of the 18-song setlist, only 9 of them have been recorded by Zygote before. Songs like Fast Funk, Girl Next Door and Little Ditty are quickly becoming familiar setlist staples, and even newer tracks like Father and I Did It For You (formerly listed as "New Reggae Tune" in these reviews), are winning immediate favour with our audience. I Did It For You in particular has single written all over it, with its laid-back intro, heavy-reggae hook, unique vocal patterns, and energetic finale.

The band performed well but a bit sluggishly at first, working hard but only really starting to pick things up several songs in once the audience got up and moving in front of the stage. Zygote's energy-trade with the crowd was very apparent here in the Hudson tonight. As soon as people pushed back their chairs and started to groove, the band got an obvious boost and relaxed into typical Hudson form. A huge success was tonight's renditon of Static, a Gyge's Ring throwback that still resonates with quirky attitude and that killer "banjo" riff. (which has been very slightly modified by Ovakim with a crunchy little guitar stutter - I wouldn't be surprised if I am the only person in the whole world who has noticed it....)

The Santeria cover was trotted out again, I'm a fan of the song but I'd really like to see Jer learn all the words to it.... Plus the "Sipping Lemonade" trick from last week's Sudbury show was attempted again as a preamble to Weather but never really got interesting and sort of oozed into the main song...

Overall a good show, not our best at the Hudson by far but still a worthy outing. As the night progressed the show got better and better, the band started having a good time with it, and the audience was in full rump-shakin' mode by mid-set. Thanks to everyone who made the drive out to shake their rumps, we'll see you again real soon.

Friday, February 3rd, 2006 : Come In From The Cold at The Opera House

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