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Sean MacIntosh of Gary Debussy throws his first show in support of the Bissell Centre

Branch Off, Doom Patrol, Max Uhlich (fullband), and Gary Debussy
Feb. 28 (8 pm)
The Sewing Machine Factory
Half of Door Proceeds will go to the Bissell Centre

To drummer Sean MacIntosh of local band Gary Debussy, venturing into concert promotion presents the opportunity to begin repaying a supportive music community to which he feels “really indebted.” At his first show at The Sewing Machine Factory—complimented by his band, Branch Off, Doom Patrol, and Max Uhlich—winter clothing donations will be collected and half the door proceeds going to the Bissell Centre.

“I wanted to gain the experience and try to understand what it’s like to actually put on a show,” MacIntosh says.

Over the course of many years gigging with bandmates Tim Wilson (bass) and Kyle Cullen (guitar), MacIntosh, in classic DIY fashion, decided it was time to see if he could pull off his own event.

As a father to two children, Wilson is committed to demonstrating “the friendship and the regular work you put into … showing how worthwhile art can be and what it can mean to be part of a community that’s doing something good as a whole.”

Gary Debussy, L to R: Sean MacIntosh, Tim Wilson, Kyle Cullen. // Jennifer Taylor

The potent dynamism these three musicians have continued to hone as a unit—colourfully described by Cullen as “meat slapping against the windowpane”—has evolved with more intrusions outside the constraints of the guitar/bass/drums lineup have made the odd appearance.

“Being a three-piece instrumental band, you feel like you have to fill all the space all the time,” Cullen says. “Maybe some of the newer stuff has some space.”

Cullen has also been bringing more fully-composed pieces for the band to develop, perhaps reflecting the influence of the members’ former music instructor and sometime collaborator Dave Wall, with whom they’re currently working on a new batch of Wall-composed material for his Hermit Crab project.

Gary Debussy has long resisted sticking to a particular genre (such labels as prog and math rock cause varying degrees of consternation and amusement depending on the band member); the challenge of playing works by a PhD-holding composer whose experimental material is emphatically not standard issue jazz nerd fodder has only increased the group’s resistance of being pigeonholed.

Joining Gary Debussy for the Sewing Machine Factory gig are the frequently lonesome troubadour Max Uhlich in a full-band setting along with two instrumental duos. Doom Patrol’s equal parts “fuzzed-out funk elements … and punch-you-in-the-face kind of stuff” impress MacIntosh in a different way than the “melodic, super-intricate, thrashy” sounds of Branch Off.  The charitable aspect of the show is consistent with a venue MacIntosh characterizes as “run by a bunch of caring and awesome people who just really make it their main priority to run an inclusive space where people can feel comfortable.”

In the spirit of caring, no one will be turned away from the show for lack of funds.

– Joe Hartfeil

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