The Marato (2001)

I bought this shirt at The Marato’s last ever show on September 10th 2001 at El Macombo in Toronto. That’s a fact I was recently reminded of by the lead singer Jonathan Pearce. It was probably their CD release and then the band broke up. You can buy it here: Other members of that band were Scott Freeman on drums, Ben Addelman on bass [?] and Samir Mallal on guitar. I knew these guys from my undergraduate days in Montreal in the late 1990s. The show was loud. It was epic. I also remember Scott complaining about mistakes. They were very into precision and got mad about that kind of thing in those days. I hope they look back on it as fondly as I do. It was so great just being there. Discogs calls it emo punk. I think the band would hate that. For the record emo was not a genre I heard anyone call anything until at least 2005. Postpunk for sure. Jonathan would go on to start Poorfolk, and later Winchester Warm:

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