ARCTIC – Live at Zaphod Beeblebrox October 5, 2009

ARCTIC – Live at Zaphod Beeblebrox, Oct 5, 2009

Track listing:

  1. War of Ideas (5:25)
  2. Dec 25th (6:44)
  3. Happiness vs. Sadness (6:04)

If you’re not familiar with Zaphod Beeblebrox – the bar in Ottawa, not the character from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – it is a very unique music venue that books a lot of really great bands. Zaphod’s has been host to many talented musicians; the Rolling friggin’ Stones even shot a video in the pub at the edge of the universe! One of the other things Zaphod’s is well-known for are its Showcase Mondays, where owner Eugene Haslam books up-and-coming bands. The shows are always free, and it’s a great time to check out something completely different.

Imagine my surprise when I found that Vancouver band Arctic posted some songs from their October 5, 2009 set. I’ve heard of this band before – and I believe I played one of their songs on one of my podcasts a while back. The band immediately reminds me of Radiohead because of the vocals, but they are definitely a little heavier than the popular British group.

The standout track for me is definitely War of Ideas. It’s a solid track, and this is actually the one that made me think of Radiohead when I was trying to pin down their sound. All three songs were excellent though, and it is quite apparent that the rest of their set was likely awesome.

Check them out at, and don’t hesitate to check out Showcase Mondays at Zaphod’s if you’re in the Ottawa area.

2 thoughts on “ARCTIC – Live at Zaphod Beeblebrox October 5, 2009”

  1. Hey Steve – thanks so much for the kind words and for posting the tracks! We've actually just booked another Monday night showcase at Zaphod's on April 19. If you can make it out to the show, please come say hi!


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