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Vesta Varro

20-Mar-2008 12:20 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Vesta Varro
Bovine Sex Club in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Vesta Varro
PURRR
March 17, 2008
Full Photo Set (15 photos)

More than a few people made a point to tell me that Vesta Varro played a great set on the Friday night of Canadian Music Week, which was just one of the many sets for which I had a conflict. They're a 5 piece band from Ireland, but this wasn't their first time to Toronto... in October 2007 they participated in Indie Week and ended up one of the two winners. Fortunately for me, they booked one more gig in Toronto before heading home, a St. Patrick's Day show at the Bovine Sex Club. Yes, an Irish band from a city called Limerick playing on St. Patrick's Day... how better to spend the night?

Vesta Varro

Right from the first few bars of the opening song, Vesta Varro had me invested in the show. There was no warm-up period for this band, they simply launched into their passionate brand of rock with the lead singer Damien Drea showing off his voracious style right from the start. They opened the set with Reaching Out, which also happens to be the first song off their current CD called Exit Here. In fact, in their 10 song set they covered 9 out of the 10 tracks off that CD, leaving out only New Born Child, and finishing the set with a killer song not on the album called Headlights.

Vesta Varro
Vesta Varro
Vesta Varro

In terms of musical style, I've been searching my head for the right comparison to make. Their sound has been described as a combination between U2 and Muse, and if I listen to it just the right way, I suppose I can hear some similarities. Perhaps those references are more about their stage presence? To be honest, the only accurate musical comparison I can make is to a band out of Australia called Died Pretty, but I doubt that helps many people imagine Vesta Varro's music or performances. So, let's just say it's good rock. Out of the 10 songs they played, there were a handful that came across just brilliant, and while the remaining songs weren't quite as powerful, they were definitely a good listen as well.

Vesta Varro
Vesta Varro
Vesta Varro

Although the antics of Damien Drea are the main focus, the rest of the band is the responsible for filling the room with winding guitars (Keith Forde, Peter Forde), overflowing bass lines (Rod Smith), and beats (Shane Lee). I listened to their CD today while editing photos, and like any good band, the CD is strong but it is their performance that will win you over. There will be a few more chances to see them perform in Ontario this year as they are returning in May for the Rogers Spring Music Festival in Hamilton and again in October for Indie Week '08 in Toronto.

Vesta Varro
Vesta Varro
Vesta Varro

Info & Connect: Vesta Varro on MySpace

PURRR

Opening the night was local act PURRR, a three piece band that started their set playing an instrumental number while all wearing fairly ornate masks. This techno-rock band consists of Sam Cush (vocals, keyboard), Roger Sader (guitar), and Karlie Forgèt (drums).

PURRR
PURRR
PURRR

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