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Drowning Girl, Trophy, The Holy Fields

08-Dec-2007 08:21 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
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Tattoo Rock Parlour in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Drowning Girl
Trophy
The Holy Fields
December 5, 2007
Full Photo Set (22 photos)

I'm not sure exactly what night Tattoo Rock Parlour officially opened, but it's so new that the installed beer taps are still dry (but don't worry, they are serving bottles and everything else). After my first night there, I'm thinking this venue could be an excellent addition to the Toronto music scene. The stage is located on the East wall, and there's a raised area on the West wall. In between is bunch of tables, including one meaty wooden beast with antique (style?) high back chairs. Two bars flank the other walls, so no matter which side of the stage you decide to camp out on, a drink is only a few steps away. The stage is well lit, but quite tight, with fairly imposing monitor speakers and a lighting rig that encases the drummer. The sound is pretty clean. As part of the week-long or so opening festivities, I was there to see three bands, all well-picked local talent: Drowning Girl, Trophy, and The Holy Fields. Let's hope Tattoo Rock Bar continues to book great nights like this.

Drowning Girl

Drowning Girl is a local Toronto indie rock-pop band, fronted by Hill Kourkoutis on vocals and guitar. Their sound might remind people of Aimee Mann, but with a little more edge; I've also heard comparisons to the Eurythmics, but I don't hear it (thankfully). The band won the regional finals of the Mix 99.9 Canadian Radio Star contest earlier this year for their song Dead Or Alive, at the time operating under the band name HiLL. The song has an amazingly catchy vocal melody that peaks with the happy sounding sing-along ba ba dap ba ba baa chorus. Lead guitarist David Paoli is also a major contributor to the both the sound and stage presence. On stage, the music sounded a little heavier than in the recorded form, which worked pretty well for me.

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Info: Drowning Girl | Connect: MySpace

Trophy

When I saw Trophy for the first time back in October, I wrote "...I'll just have to get out and see them again sometime." And so here I am, seeing them again, and really getting into their catchy rock guitar-riffs (Phil Houston), soulful vocals (Kirt Godwin), and a drummer (Derek Downham) that can beat the snot out of a drum kit (as well as a bottle of tequila). The whole sound is rounded out by Peter Fusco on bass and Jeff Low also on guitar.

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Quite a few people arrived during the Drowning Girl set and the venue further filled up as Trophy went on... it was interesting to see how the Tattoo Rock Bar fills up. Big clusters of people hang out at the bars on the side, while only a few people actually bother to sit at the tables that are right in front of the stage. (It would be nice if they moved those out of the way some nights so people can rock out with the bands). Trophy tried out a few new songs along with some material that I recognized from the last set, all with slightly less energy than what I saw at The Horseshoe, but with the same great sound. I'll say it once more: I'll have to get out and see them again sometime.

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Info: Trophy | Connect: MySpace

The Holy Fields

I first encountered The Holy Fields playing to a largely empty room at The Rivoli just over a year ago. At the time, they played as a three-piece, and although I liked their sound and how it reminded me Weezer with Joel Plaskett vocals, there were a few rough edges. Plus, it can be hard to get into it when the viewers are so sparse. At Tattoo, a good number of people hung around to hear their heavy guitar-based power-pop and this time around, reminded me a lot more of Sloan. There was lots of power guitar, but if that didn't make their influences obvious, Mike Gennaro's (vocals, guitar) Van Halen t-shirt advertised at least one major influence.

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Info and Connect: The Holy Fields on MySpace

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