Woodward Company @ The Horseshoe (Photos and Review)
|18-Jan-2009 01:00 pm||Contributed by: pete||Concert Reviews|
One thing I really like about the music community in Toronto is the support musicians give to each other. I will often see members of bands in the audience for other bands, supporting their friends or there just because music is their life. Before Woodward Company took the stage, I ran into Tim Oxford who plays drums for the Arkells. It turns out he was there because he is long-time friends with two of the members of Woodward Company, and was involved in the recording of their new, but not quite ready for release, EP.
Even though the EP isn't ready for release yet, the band brought a full box of freshly home-burned CDs, carefully wrapped in paper bags that had a silver spray-painted 'W" on them, and offered them for free to everyone in attendance, handing out about 70 CDs that night. The band is working on cover art and liner notes now, and the official EP release will be a little later in the year.
The show itself was really well attended. Although the crowd kept a safe distance from the stage for first band, that area filled in for Woodward Company, with one uber-fan dancing and rocking along to every song of the seven song set, with others joining in here and there. The performance showed some good promise, with a variety of potential influences; I heard hints of bands like Nerf Herder in the vocals, and The Who and Phish in the music, the latter possibly explaining why they tended to drift a little too far into jamming territory every now and then. At least two songs of the set were instrumental only, no vocals.
The band is going on a brief hiatus starting now, but then in March sometime they plan on touring Southern Ontario and into Quebec, after which they plan on holding the real CD release party back in Toronto.
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Media: Bumps (mp3), Our Friend Comes To... (mp3)
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