|28-Nov-2007 05:17 pm||Contributed by: pete||Concert Reviews|
After spending time with illScarlett at the Front St. Festival and then at then at Vanier Cup, I headed up to Queen St. to hit a bank machine and hop on the streetcar home. I needed coins for the TTC, so I decided to stop into The Horseshoe, grab a beer (and change for the streetcar), and just see who was playing. As it turned out Oliver Black was next up, so I had my beer and stuck around for the set.
Oliver Black is not a man named Oliver, nope. Oliver Black is a foursome lead by high-energy vocalist Serena Pruyn. The band originated from Welland, Ontario and briefly relocated to Austin, Texas in 2005 to spend time in the recording studio. They released an EP called Live In Texas in March 2006, and a full-length CD was supposed to follow the same year, but to date it hasn't been released. Now back in Canada, Oliver Black can be found on the stages of Toronto every now and then pumping out some killer rock 'n' roll, inspired by bands such as Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, and probably some AC/DC in there as well.
Serena has that level of energy that is difficult to equal, and even more difficult to capture (the best capture I've ever seen of Serena Pruyn is by Ken McDowell). People I met at the venue told me she is the same both on and off stage, and can sometimes be found rocking out well into the morning. The set was filled with so much power guitar and Serena's pure energy that you could feel the music in your gut. When the set ended and they left the stage, the crowd kept going, so they came out for a one song encore. If memory serves me well, I believe it was the very appropriate Over The Hills And Far Away by Led Zeppelin. Serena pumped out the best female vocal impression of Robert Plant I've ever heard, all the while tagging the song with her own stage presence.
Info and Connect: Oliver Black on MySpace
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