Concert Review: Tickle Me Pink
|03-Nov-2008 08:30 pm||Contributed by: pete||Concert Reviews|
Tickle Me Pink
The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario on October 28, 2008
Full Photo Set (12 photos)
If you have the patience to go back through the archives here, you'll discover that occasionally I'll head out to Dave Bookman's Nu Music Night at The Horseshoe. Sometimes it's because I hear a rumour about a special guest, sometimes it's to see a specific band, but other times I head out just to just hear some new music on a week when I'm not booked up. Last Tuesday, I happened to be driving in my car while Bookie was on air at 102.1 plugging the show, and I always like being at The Horseshoe... so a few hours later, there I was.
Tickle Me PinkThe beauty about Nu Music Night is that I'm never entirely sure what to expect. The bar wasn't packed when Colorado-based Tickle Me Pink took the stage, but there was enough of a crowd to make the place feel full; however, everyone was back at the bar or standing off the side watching with apprehension. But after two songs, people started to move forward to yell out some appreciation for the band, and even a few even moving right up to the stage to watch. The band had a stage presence that outweighed the crowd size, and included charismatic Sean Kennedy (vocals, bass) acting at the front-man and Joey Barba (guitar) rocking out (and grinning for the camera). The Tickle Me Pink song I heard on the radio had a strong alt-punk sound, maybe reminding a bit of Sum 41, and so there's a comparison that can be made there. But compared to their studio recordings, the live show sounded more individual and seasoned.
During the set, they dedicated one song to their late bass player, Johnny Schou. They didn't dwell on it, just dedicated the song and moved on. But the sad truth is that Schou was found dead in his home earlier this year due to an accidental heroin overdose. For their second last song they played Typical, the song I heard on the radio. And then to close the set, they surprised everyone by pumping out a cover of I Believe In A Thing Called Love by The Darkness. That drew even more attention, not to mention more than a few laughs.
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