The Beauties + Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew Spend a Wild Day With Spinner
that swollen. He's a big baby." Downham doesn't mind the ribbing, he says, despite his injury, he's in better shape than when the band played the festival a year earlier.
"At least I'm not naked and tripping on mushrooms," he confides before joining the others in the van.
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4:55PM -- Hillside Festival -- Backstage
The Hillside Festival is one of Canada's coolest multi-day music festivals. For the first gig of the day, the Beauties will back Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew in a beer tent dubbed the Island Stage.
Drew is a regular at the Dakota Tavern and often joins the band on stage on Sunday nights. Earlier this summer, the friends got together to write a batch of tunes. Enjoying a cold one back stage, singer-guitarist Shawn Creamer says that while the band is pleased with the outcome, they haven't discussed recording an album.
"We've literally taken all the pressure out of it by not talking about that," he tells Spinner. "We purposely kept our agents and managers out of it. We just want to have a good time together. This is just about friends playing music."
The Hillside gig is the debut of Kevin Drew and the Beauties, and word is, Drew is nervous.
"He hasn't played with a band other than Broken Social Scene in a very long time, and he's got more at stake then we do," Creamer explains.
6:00PM -- Kevin Drew and the Beauties
The band hits the stage and pummels through a set of freshly penned rock tunes. Drew -- on sabbatical from his beloved indie rock collective -- is having a blast; he takes a turn on drums, bass, guitar and the keyboards, and his enthusiasm is infectious.
On stage, a group of seasoned musicians is making music without an agenda,