Zeus Reflections Cabaret, Halifax NS, October 22
Published Oct 23, 2013Zeus doesn't just wear the 1970s like a fashionable jacket; the band's entire aesthetic, from the power chords to the shirts and blazers, has been drenched in the musk of a well-built nostalgia. Live, the era's clichés seem right at home, employing dueling solos and end-of-song guitar poses and sharing a microphone for backup vocals when they could clearly just ask for an extra one.
The band pulls it off, because their aping of Wings-era Paul McCartney is downright uncanny at times, from a guitar pop gem like "Anything You Want Dear" to the toe-tapping piano of "How Does it Feel?" At a certain point in the show, though, the band's record-collection rock wears a bit thin. Even the set's biggest departure — the catchy new song, "I Miss My Friends" — simply traded for a different 70s touchpoint (disco). Zeus is far too talented, and having too much fun on stage, to let many misses into their set, but it's hard not to feel like you've heard the hits before.