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Season 10 Episode 0319

The Luyas

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The Luyas
Red, yellow, pink, black with a hint of blue. Red, yellow, pink. Black with a hint of blue. It was a dress, slightly shimmery. The girl wearing it talked to me about a magic guitar. Montreal, October 2008. The POP Montréal festival throughout the city and its venues. Every night packed with concerts, drinking, and running from venue to venue, city map in hand. On the marquee tonight: The Persuasions, a mythical American acapella group from the 60s. The Ukrainian Federation packed, Richie du Fire losing control in the middle of the crowd, the group who got off the stage and passed around the mics, low rhythmic voices and high melodic voices, the concert which finished with an amazing song by one of the organisers of the festival. One of the most amazing concerts of our lives and the apotheosis of POP Montreal that year. But. Victor had insisted that we not miss the concert at 11:30 at Casa Del Popolo. It was the Luyas, his favourite new band, a band buzzed about by most of the people I met. Casa was only a few blocks away, but it was already too late. From the middle of the crowd, Victor signalled 'It's Jessie!'. The girl had a red, yellow, and pink dress on. And she talked to me about a magic guitar. And she talked tirelessly. Reykjavik, November 2008. Jessie had told me she'd be in town for the Airwaves festival. Not with the Luyas, but with Miracle Fortress, her buddy Graham's band. I found myself in Iceland on the trail of a docu-fiction project, Sun (Set & Rise) which, bit by bit, was breaking us down with each subsequent day. We spent a lot of our time drinking, catching shows, drinking even more, making the most of our nights to forget the drudgery of our days. At a Yelle concert on our last night, during a stage diving session, in a room packed with young Icelanders shouting the lyrics at the top of their voices, a surreal moment: I broke my back, lost all my stuff, thanks to Jessie, who crushed me into the ground before disappearing into the cold without evemoreless

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