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29-Apr-2008 04:02 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Blakes The Blakes
The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
The Blakes
Foxfire
Songs From A Room
April 25, 2008
Full Photo Set (14 photos)

What a weird night. I arrived at The Horseshoe on Friday in time for Songs From A Room, which I had seen before and knew they delivered screaming-loud rock, and intended to stay until the very end of The Blakes set, another band I've seen before and knew they played loud garage rock. So I was kind of expecting something in the vein of loud rock for the band in between the two, Foxfire.

The Blakes

After experiencing The Blakes on a Monday night last November when the crowd was decidedly reserved, the band was now back in Toronto, but this time playing the late slot on a Friday night. For the people in the crowd that were there specifically to see The Blakes, or for those who stuck around after Foxfire, the reward was set of gritty, sweat-filled garage rock, like the last time I saw them, but this time with a crowd that was slightly more lubed.

The Blakes
The Blakes
The Blakes

I stuck around after the show and chatted with Bob Husak (drums) for a bit and, among other topics, we discussed music (I know... shocking). What I discovered is that Husak is a fan of Martha & the Muffins, a Toronto-based band that made it huge in Canada and the U.K. in 1980 with their hit Echo Beach, and then went on to become M + M in the mid-80's. Husak claims to have the full collection, all on vinyl. Considering he was born and bred in Seattle and plays rough garage rock, he seemed to have an uncommon (and slightly disturbing) amount of knowledge about Canadian bands from the 80's. Curious.

Info: The Blakes | Connect: MySpace, Facebook

Foxfire

Stuck in between screaming-loud-rock and loud-garage-rock was a band called Foxfire. On stage, they themselves are a small crowd, all costumed up, with an early-80's style of delivery, vocals that remind me of Talking Heads, and all sorts of poses and theatrics, including a fake pseudo-fight between the Neil Rankin (vocals) and the bass player that left them both covered in fake blood. The crowd was right up at the stage, dancing wildly, which seems to be what this band is all about. Fairly in-line with the whole scene, the set ended with a song that contained some dick-related lyrics that just weren't shocking enough to validate their existence.

Foxfire
Foxfire
Foxfire

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Songs From A Room

There's a reason I refer to Songs From A Room as screaming-loud rock and that reason is Brayden Jones (vocals, guitar) who constantly looks like he's in pain while belting out the lyrics to their catchy tunes, including the song Believing, which is available for download on their MySpace page.

Songs From A Room
Songs From A Room
Songs From A Room

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