Amos The Transparent @ The Horseshoe, Toronto (Photos and Review)
25-May-2009 11:30 pm
Contributed by: pete
There have been some good shows this month, but the show I was looking forward to the most was Amos The Transparent at The Horseshoe, especially after seeing them play an incredible set during Canadian Music Week at the Rancho Relaxo.
Amos The Transparent
Ottawa-based Amos The Transparent is one of those bands that is becoming increasingly difficult for me to write-up simply because I've been going to see them so regularly (Mar '09, Feb '09, Jan '09, Sep '08, etc.), which makes it no secret that they are one of my current favorite independent bands. If you check my last.fm listening charts you'll see I've been listening to their music more than just a little bit.
For the show at The Horseshoe, the band members were looking noticeably slicker with new clothes and new haircuts, and they sounded tighter than ever. The truth is that I was having such a good time watching and singing along with Jonathan Chandler (vocals, guitar) and the rest of the band that I was too busy to make any really insightful observations except: what a great time!
They opened the set with Lemons, closed it with I'm On Trial, and the flow of songs in between was pretty much perfect. I was a little concerned we weren't going to hear Up, Up And Away but fortunately they returned for a one song encore and that was the song. It was a great song to close out the night because of the way it starts out gently and builds up to a rock climax.
From what I can tell, the opportunity to see them play in Toronto is going to increase over the next few months, so if you haven't been out to see them yet, the time has come to find a show date that works for you and make a point of being there. Check their website for upcoming show dates.
Info: Amos The Transparent | Connect: MySpace, Facebook
Media: Lemons (mp3), (Here's To) New Beginnings (mp3)
Make Your Exit
I only caught a few songs by Make Your Exit, but it seemed on par (if not better) than previous performances, like the last time I saw them at the Rivoli. It was good to see them again.
Info & Connect: Make Your Exit on MySpace, Facebook