TRURO, N.S. – It all started when Murray MacIvor went to see David Gilmour perform in Toronto.
The tone coming out of the former Pink Floyd guitarist’s amps, matched with the electrifying lights and visuals, left a lasting effect on the Pictou County musician, sparking an idea for a new project.
“After I saw the show, I was really impressed,” said MacIvor.
“So when I came back I spoke with a musician I was playing with, Steve Keough, and said, ‘Why don’t we put a professional show together and do all Pink Floyd stuff.’”
Keough agreed, and they began recruiting musicians for a new band.
Now, Momentary Lapse is bringing their Pink Floyd tribute show to Truro as they prepare for a performance at the Marigold Cultural Centre on Friday, March 16.
“We really wanted to wait until we had everything perfect before we went out and played live,” said MacIvor.
“We practised for two years, and when we had the music down, we started thinking about the bigger projection of the show. We had pro lights done by someone in Cape Breton and we got some help from a few friends in Pictou County to create a video that plays behind us. So now we got the music, the video and the lights.”
The group took the stage for the first time on Dec. 2, selling out the deCoste Entertainment Centre in Pictou for their show ‘Momentary Lapse: A Pink Floyd Show.’
Like the deCoste performance, the Marigold show will feature two sets, the first filled with a selection of both famous and rarely heard songs from Floyd’s 50-year career, and the second a full performance of the album ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ in its entirety.
Aside from the music, Momentary Lapse’s shows include the same kind of stunning visuals often seen at original Pink Floyd performances.
“I’m not going to say we stole from Pink Floyd, but we borrowed heavily from the themes that Roger (Waters) and the band put together,” said MacIvor.
“Behind us during songs like ‘Money’ and ‘Us and Them’ we have the same social themes they had showing playing on a big screen. During ‘Dogs’ I’ve been working with an animator and have created a custom animation that will be playing behind us as we perform the song.”
These visual cues paired with the band’s ‘larger than life’ music is what makes a Floyd show, a Floyd show, and is what got MacIvor hooked on the band in the first place.
“There are so many layers to their music,” he said,
“You’ve got the lyrical layer, which is powerful. Then there is the musicianship, just the way the keys, the chords and the solos blend. You could listen to the same album a hundred times and still hear new things every time.
“When it’s done right, it’s kind of awe inspiring. I’ve seen some other top tribute acts, and even watching them it is like being part of an event. It’s encompassing.”
If You Go
Momentary Lapse: A Pink Floyd Show
Marigold Cultural Centre
Friday, March 16 – 7:30 P.M.