Concert Review: Oh No Forest Fires CD Release Party
|17-Oct-2008 06:00 am||Contributed by: pete||Concert Reviews|
Toronto has pockets of like-minded independent bands, much like I imagine the music scene in any city to be, so when it became time for local indie band Oh No Forest Fires to release a new CD, they invited two bands from the scene that just made sense: Black Hat Brigade, and Dinosaur Bones.
Oh No Forest FiresI'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Oh No Forest Fires has defined a new genre, one that I've decided should be called: Spaz-rock. And just in case you think I'm trying to be offensive to people with cerebral palsy, I would like to point out that the "spaz" in spaz-rock is intended to refer to just plain old muscle spasms. Something that it looks like Rajiv Thavanathan (vocals, guitar) is constantly having while playing his guitar, creating the epicentre of visual chaos that exists whenever this band is on stage. And for their CD release party, the level of insanity was at least one order of magnitude larger than the usual, causing the show to end in a mess of instruments, musicians, and equipment being knocked down and thrown around, and with Adam Nimmo (drums) completing the event lying on the stage covered in distortion pedals. Not surprisingly, the first thing to come through the monitor speakers once the last note stopped was the voice of the sound guy, saying "If any of those microphones are busted, you're paying for them". Crazy.
Info & Connect: Oh No Forest Fires on MySpace, Facebook
Black Hat BrigadeIt was good to see Black Hat Brigade perform again because the last time I saw them people were buying me drinks all night, and although I remember having a great time, I've been having difficulty remembering the music. But it turns out that music is a trigger for memory, and so once they got playing, I actually was able to recall hearing and seeing them play, which further explained why I had such a great time back in July. Their new drummer Dan Hurst told me that the rest of the group basically learned to play their instruments just so they could start this band. Which makes the whole thing that much more impressive. There's a reason NOW Magazine described them as a "group that people need to notice".
Info & Connect: Black Hat Brigade on MySpace, Facebook
Dinosaur BonesOpening the night was Dinosaur Bones, a band I've seen quite a few times recently, along with their perma-fanbase that seems to follow them around from venue to venue. Before the show, I was standing in the near-empty back room chatting with a few people when Dinosaur Bones got up on stage, and as soon as they played the first note that back room was packed from the edge of the stage straight to the back of the room, with the people at the front going nuts for the music. It happens every time, and always amazes me; not because they pull a good crowd, but because how rapid the gathering occurs. However, when they close their set by bringing fans up on stage to join in on the catchy sing-along N.Y.E., it becomes clear why this band always brings in the bodies.
Info & Connect: Dinosaur Bones on MySpace, Facebook
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