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Tapes 'n Tapes

18-Apr-2008 04:42 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Tapes 'n Tapes
The Opera House in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Tapes 'n Tapes
White Denim
April 14, 2008
Full Photo Set (18 photos)

Having recently released their sophomore album, Tapes 'n Tapes have apparently been holed up somewhere practising their live show, but are now out touring until mid-June. Toronto was early in the tour cycle, and I think to some extent that was a contributor to the muted energy level as compared to the last time Tapes 'n Tapes was in Toronto.

Tapes 'n Tapes

The new album, Walk It Off, has been receiving some luke-warm reviews, with some complaints about the production that was handled by David Fridmann, but also partially due to the extremely high expectations that reviewers had after the brilliant debut The Loon. Fridmann used some of the distortion and crunch that I hear in album The Woods by Sleater Kinny, which he also produced. But what he's accomplished is producing an album that more closely resembles what the band sounds like on stage, and with Tapes 'n Tapes that's probably a good thing.

Tapes 'n Tapes
Tapes 'n Tapes
Tapes 'n Tapes

There are a few songs on Walk It Off that were exactly what I was hoping for from Tapes 'n' Tapes, such as Le Ruse, Headshock, and Conquest, all of which were included in the set list Monday night. In fact, the set list was excellent - they started out with Jakov's Suite, which was the final song in their set list last year, so it was sort of like they picked up where exactly they left off. The full set included about 10 songs from the new album and more than half of the songs from The Loon, including crowd favourites such as In Houston, 10 Gallon Ascots, and Insistor. They closed the set with Demon Apple off the new album, then left the stage and didn't return. Afterwards I asked about the lack of encore and Erik Appelwick (bass) said "We don't really do encores"; I had actually forgotten that there wasn't an encore last year either, but looking at my review, I see I mentioned it there too.

Tapes 'n Tapes
Tapes 'n Tapes
Tapes 'n Tapes

For a Monday night, the crowd was a fairly decent size, but spread out in The Opera House it felt a little sparse. Because the venue had only one of the two floor bars open, the crowd was noticeably more rowdy on one side than the other as all the Monday night drinkers stayed closer to the beverage service. I don't think I've experienced that kind of a split in the audience before.

Info: Tapes 'n Tapes | Connect: MySpace

White Denim

There has been blogger buzz going on about White Denim, which is reportedly how they got the gig opening for Tapes 'n Tapes. Specifically, the blog Gorilla Vs. Bear has written about White Denim repeatedly. Couple that with with the information that Gorilla vs. Bear also helped create the buzz around Tapes 'n Tapes and perhaps this could be considered the first case of blog-based psuedo-nepotism? Oh, but not out of greed, just out of a desire to help a good band on a similar path.

White Denim
White Denim
White Denim

White Denim is a three-piece that hails from Austin, Texas and they play a gritty sort of 70's influenced rock with more than a hint of Led Zeppelin contained within. You can hear some of that sound in Paint Silver Gold available on their MySpace page, which will also give you a good feel for what their performance is going to be like. If you're heading out to see Tapes 'n Tapes during this tour, get out early enough to catch White Denim, it's definitely worth it.

White Denim
White Denim
White Denim

Info: White Denim | Connect: MySpace

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