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Deleted Scenes @ Sneaky Dee's, Toronto (Photos and Review)

10-Jul-2009 05:00 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
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Circus School
Sneaky Dee's in Toronto, Ontario on July 5, 2009
Full Photo Set (10 photos)

Wavelength is a weekly live music series that is run every Sunday night at Sneaky Dee's. It showcases independent bands (Broken Social Scene, The Constantines, Tokyo Police Club have all played Wavelength in the past), but in my experience, it also includes some of the more experimental acts you'll see. I went this past Sunday to see Deleted Scenes, a band from Washington D.C. that fits in the former category, but I got there in time to see Circus School, an act this fits firmly in the latter.

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I first found out about Deleted Scenes through a submission to my website. The song Fake IDs was included as part of the submission, and I liked enough to want to hear more. By the time I got around to acquiring and listening to their full-length album, Birdseed Shirt, the band was already out on tour and scheduled to show up in Toronto on their 3rd last date.

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The album has a number of songs that temporarily remind me of other bands. One day I hear The Shins in compositions like Take My Life, and another day I hear Band Of Horses. Then I hear bits of The Beta Band in the album opener Turn To Sand. A friend points out some hints of Jane's Addiction in a few of the songs, and I agree, but then days later I can't hear it. None of these bands are in their "recommended if you like" list, so I guess my point is that I should stop listening for similarities and just enjoy the stand-out songs, which are: Turn To Sand, Take My Life, Fake IDs, and the slightly jazz-influenced Ithaca. Overall, the album has been put together really well, and has brought me back for multiple listens.

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In terms of a live show, some of the subtleties that make the album so consumable get a little lost in the performance. That's not to say the band doesn't perform their music admirably, it's just that some of the qualities of the album are overwhelmed by the concert format. Dan Scheuerman (vocals, guitar) wore what looked like a souvenir t-shirt from a warm-climate vacation destination, but closer inspection revealed the destination as "Guantanamo Bay". The highlight for me was the live version of Turn To Sand, and the set closer Get Your Shit Together for the Holidays which both came across bigger than the recording. Oh, and then there was the song where Scheuerman brought out an ultra-rare Casio DG-1 Digital Guitar and played it in a way for which I'm sure it was not designed.

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Media: Turn To Sand (mp3)

Circus School

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