18-Jan-2007 05:50 AM
Contributed by: pete
January 16, 2007
The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Full Photo Set (11 photos)
In case you didn't see it, I very recently wrote up a Quick Shot Review on Peeler's debut CD Evils Of The Modern Pleasure Dance. I enjoyed Craig Peeling's vocals on the CD and I noticed that Peeler was playing The Horseshoe on Tuesday, so I grabbed my camera and dropped by. I wanted to see how Peeler fared live on stage. The Horseshoe was more crowded than usual for a Tuesday night - a good sign for all the bands playing that night.
It turns out that Craig's strong vocals are not only a recording studio phenomenon, he is able to pull off the same strong sounds on stage. He is also calm, cool, and confident on stage. At one point he urged the crowd to applaud themselves for being there. In fact, his banter with the audience seemed to indicate he may have some public speaking experience in his past.
If I remember correctly, he opened with Pretty Little Things, a song that has a little bit of Collective Soul in its guitar riff. And only a few songs later, he worked his way through Phineas Gage, a song named after, and about, his first band - it is also the first track on his album that really caught my ear, and it sounded great live. Peeler played a short set, approximately 35 minutes (I think), which is slightly less than standard for Tuesday's at The Horseshoe. And although it wasn't visually overwhelming, it was a solid showing; the sound was good and the songs were all well done.
Peeler will be playing Sault St. Marie, Paris (Ontario), and Brantford in late January and February. Be sure to check the Peeler website for information on upcoming shows, or connect with Craig on MySpace.