The Paint Movement CD Release Party @ Rivoli, Toronto (Photos and Review)
|15-Apr-2009 08:30 pm||Contributed by: pete||Concert Reviews|
The Paint Movement
Fox Jaws, Make Your Exit, Provincial Parks
Rivoli in Toronto, Ontario on April 10, 2009
Full Photo Set (28 photos)
Just in case you haven't noticed, I like going to shows, and sometimes the social atmosphere of the independent Toronto music scene can put me in a good mood for days. Especially when the performers are genuine about their craft and are on stage only because they want to share their passion. When it comes to The Paint Movement, not only do they want to share their music, they want to share the experience of making music, which may explain why so many of their friends joined them on stage for a song or two. The gathering was to celebrate the release of their full-length album Our Eurythmy. Add in sets by Fox Jaws, Make Your Exit, and Provincial Parks, and you've got a night full of people who just love to make music.
The Paint MovementWith up to eight musicians on stage and an easy-going sonic weave to their music, there are some comparisons that can be made between The Paint Movement and Broken Social Scene. Lead by Kevin Kralik (vocals, guitar), their music is built on flowing melodic rock and held together with both jazz and soul. At points the music can actually become soothing, but with a full stage there is always something catching your eye. The band played through most of the material from the new album, interestingly closing the set with the album opener, Cat's Meow, definitely my favourite track on the CD. The Rivoli was at capacity with friends and fans that wouldn't give up without at least one more tune, so the band returned for two more before calling it a night. I was left with Cat's Meow running through my head; it's a great song for those moments in life where you drift between conscious and unconscious thought, like slowly waking up on a weekend, or dozing on a late night streetcar home after a satisfying night of independent music.
Info & Connect: The Paint Movement on MySpace, Facebook
Media: Cat's Meow (mp3)
Fox JawsI had almost forgotten what I wrote about Fox Jaws when I saw them with Amos The Transparent in late January, and so as I was watching Carleigh Aikins (vocals) work through her passion for making music, I starting thinking down exactly the same path I was following that night at Sneaky Dee's. This is a band that is always amazing to watch, and even though not every song grabs me, I still really enjoy being up front and be a part of the show. The difference between last time and this time was that there were definitely a few more points that piqued my interest. I even experienced the same brain-awakening moment during the last song of the set, which I confirmed was the same song that had that impact on me last time too. On the set list it was named Hunting Knives, but Carleigh tells me it has changed names a few times. I'm really looking forward to having a copy of that song when it is finally released as part of a new album, something that I know the band is working on.
Info: Fox Jaws | Connect: MySpace
Media: Karmonica (mp3), Quarantine Girl (mp3)
Make Your ExitIt wasn't that long ago that I witnessed Make Your Exit put on a great set at the Rancho Relaxo, and the beauty of this show was that it demonstrated that the last performance wasn't a one-off showing. It was another solid performance with lots of smiles and coordinated rocking out. Jeff Buckly (vocals, guitar) constantly looks like he's having a great time, and Mike Denby (guitar, vocals) adds a bit of eccentricity to the performance, with his unique Danelectro guitar worn high up under his arm and pumping out a variety of music-inspired expressions. With two more people named Mike, Mike Dellios (bass, percussion) and Mike Thomson (drums), 60% of the band is named Mike. I've been wondering if maybe Jeff and Oliver Pauk (saxophone) would be willing to change their names to Mike just to make it a little easier. Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, and Mike! It could work.
Info & Connect: Make Your Exit on MySpace, Facebook
Provincial ParksWhen I arrived at the Rivoli around 9:40pm or so, the place was already filling up nicely. Provincial Parks were on stage and playing music that was significantly different than what I heard back when they were called Howl. Their new name much better represents their current sound and musical direction. I have a copy of their Iron Ponies EP, and there are some impressive moments contained within the 8 songs (including a great, but very short, track called Too Indie For The CBC), but what I like most is how the band has incorporated sounds from their neighbourhood into the compositions. It's not just a gimmick, this is a band that lives together and breathes life into the Toronto music scene, and so it almost seems natural that their music should echo some of the auditory portions of their lives. They don't just play, they support other musicians, and even act as a hub of the music community at times by hosting musical get togethers at their house, which they refer to as "Delaware House". The band has evolved once again with the departure of a guitarist and, at least for this show, the addition of a saxophone. Which, when you think about it, is just another step in the evolution of a band that isn't afraid to change.
Info & Connect: Provincial Parks on MySpace
Media: Islands (mp3)
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