Canadian Rifle – Live in Elgin 2/17/07 CS (self released, 2007): Canadian RIfle is one of the best bands in Chicago. This is not a new development and this tape could potentially be used as evidence. I think at the point of this tape’s release the band had a mere one 7″ released, but it’s possible that their second 7″ was fresh off the presses.
This tape contains eight early hits by these rockers in a form rarely heard – the songs are played by the mythical and short-lived two guitar line-up. This recording has Al Burian (of Burn Collector/Challenger/etc fame) on second guitar. Does the second ax add or detract from the sloppiness and chaos of this set? I’ll let you be the judge. Either way, this tape is an enduring document of an excellent band who remains just that today.
“I’m not trying to encourage partying. I’m trying to encourage dark thoughts.”