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Photos and Review: The Framework, These Three Cities

23-Dec-2008 05:00 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Framework
The Framework
These Three Cities
Tattoo Rock Parlour in Toronto, Ontario on December 17, 2008
Full Photo Set (18 photos)

Looking back at my website, it turns out that I started 2008 with a show by The Framework at The Horseshoe. And now, just a few weeks short of a year later, seemed like a good time to see them again. And with These Three Cities releasing a new EP the same night, it was definitely time to spend another night at the Tattoo Rock Parlour.

The Framework

The details of The Framework's show in January were fuzzy in my memory, consisting mostly of the photos I took and that they had a pretty strong stage presence. For this show, I immediately found myself searching the depths of my (vacuous) brain attempting to determine which other singer Ryan Kash (vocals, guitar) reminds me of. I figured it out, and then afterwards discovered that the answer is already indirectly contained in my other review. Perhaps I should read my own blog. Anyway, the answer is: Jeff Martin from The Tea Party. But the music has very different influences, with at least one major influence being exposed directly when they performed a cover of a song by The Cure, a band that has never really done anything for me. But, just as I remembered, the stage presence of this band is good, and has even improved over the year, with Ryan coming across more natural than back in January, and still able to grab the interest of the audience with his gestures and stage manoeuvres. They'll be starting 2009 in a similar way to 2008, with a show on January 10th at The Horseshoe.

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Info & Connect: The Framework on MySpace, Facebook
Media: Always Left Behind (video)

These Three Cities

I first caught These Three Cities at the Tattoo just because they were sandwiched between two other bands I went to see, and I ended up really enjoying their set. Another viewing was a no brainer. They started out the set with the same song as last time, called Side Of The Road which is included on their new EP, and performed it brilliantly. I'm not sure if I just wasn't paying attention last time, but it really caught my ear this time around. And like last time, a big moment was their performance of a yet-to-be-recorded song called Heartbreak Hood that had the whole audience singing along to the lyrics: Help me, I've got nothing left around here. It's one of those songs that the band puts some effort into getting people to sing along, but the chorus is catchy enough that I think people would sing along with or without the coaxing. It's a great song that starts slow and builds, and I was glad to hear it again, although this time around the performance didn't seem to reach the same level of energy that they managed to generate last time. But a few people in the audience were really connecting and getting right into it all, which is always good to see. A very good performance overall, with two stand-out songs.

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