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We Are The Take

27-Jul-2008 11:59 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
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Tattoo Rock Parlour in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
We Are The Take
The Darcys
The 6ixty 8ights
July 23, 2008
Full Photo Set (25 photos)

Continuing my goal to catch and photograph We Are The Take as regularly as possible this year, I found myself at the Tattoo Rock Parlour again for one of their shows. The 6ixty 8ights were scheduled to open the night, a local band that I've been trying to get out to see for a while, and in between the two was The Darcys.

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Although I always really enjoy getting out to hear We Are The Take perform a set of their infectious indie-pop tunes, the set at Tattoo Rock Parlour had a number of technical issues that detracted from the show. To start off, the mic for Craig Stickland (guitar, vocals) was off and, for the first song, he was forced to cross the stage to sing into the mic of Andrew Hobbs (bass) and then back to get to his pedals. On top of that, the monitor levels were clearly messed up as I could hear the band fighting to hear their instruments over their vocals (or was it visa-versa?). The mix out in the audience was not exactly ideal either. I spoke with Erik Alcock (vocals, guitar, keyboards) after the show and confirmed that they did go through a sound check earlier in the day, but I guess something went wrong between then and the set. Either way, the band played through it, finding moments when they were able to ignore the issues and get into the music, like during Dreams, my favourite song of theirs.

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Info & Connect: We Are The Take on MySpace, Facebook

The Darcys

The best thing about getting out to a show early is finding bands that you know nothing about, and digging what they do. The Darcys were dressed in suits, and the music shared some similarities with Canadian bands like the Constantines at points, but not quite... maybe what you might imagine the Constantines would sound like if they were to wear suits. No, still not quite, softer vocals, and less-harsh, more indie-pop guitar. Anyway, there was some good material in their set, definitely worth another night out for me sometime. Looks like they'll be playing at the Rancho Relaxo on September 18th, which might be a good venue to get out and hear what this band can offer. They're also playing the Supermarket in August, which should also be a decent place to see them. I picked up their album Endless Water today, and will give it at least a few listens in the next month.

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Info: The Darcys | Connect: MySpace, Facebook

The 6ixty 8ights

With their recordings on MySpace containing sounds that remind me of Paul McCartney (or the Beatles, I suppose), The 6ixty 8ights have been on my list of bands to check out for a while. They'll be playing the Suncrash Festival in Orillia on Saturday August 2nd, along with The Golden Dogs, Spiral Beach, Major Grange, and more.

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