Pride Tiger, Superstack
|03-Feb-2007 11:49 am||Contributed by: pete||Concert Reviews|
New Music night at The Horseshoe can often be a great place to discover up and coming bands. In June 2006, I went to there to catch a West coast band called Bend Sinister, but got there a little early - in time to see the opening band Pride Tiger. I'd never heard Pride Tiger before, but their set really caught my attention, and since then I've been loosely following them. Pride Tiger was back in Toronto this past week, and to top it off they were playing the same night as a local Toronto band called Superstack that I've been wanting to see for a while. It was a night filled with classic rock guitar, clear vocals, and a taste of jam band, all in the good way.
Pride TigerInfo: Pride Tiger | Connect: MySpace
You may not have heard the music of Pride Tiger yet, but there's good chance you will start hearing it later this year. Pride Tiger signed a deal with EMI in the fall of 2006, and Bobby Foese (guitar, backup vocals) tells me that they've now completed recording of their major label debut album. It's currently being mixed and the CD is due out in June. If it is able to capture even a portion of the sound and ability they demonstrate on stage, it will be a good listen.
Matt Wood sits at the drum kit placed more forward than normal and centre stage because not only does he have the coordination to pound out complex drum beats, he also provides the lead vocals. Although all the band members contribute to the show, Matt is the one that draws your eye. With variety of passionate and music-inspired expressions that vary from wide-eyed smiling to fish-mouthed face scrunching, he just looks like he's out there having a great time. Similar comments can be made about the other band members, including Sunny Dhak (guitar) who appears to lose himself in the music regularly throughout the show. Pride Tiger has improved over the past 8 months - their image is a little sharper, and their playing seemed a little tighter. Their sound has an underlying 70's feel to it, and as I mentioned in my previous review their songs favour changes over repetition, skilled drumming and guitar, and clear vocals.
Pride Tiger is currently touring the country to hopefully build their fan base a little more ahead of the upcoming album release. They played two dates in Toronto and are now heading through Quebec before heading back to B.C., Alberta, and Saskatchewan, and then returning to Toronto again for Canadian Music Week in March. If you're a fan of rock, I highly recommend checking out their show at The Horseshoe on March 8th. I'm looking forward to hearing how EMI has handled the recording of this hard working band.
SuperstackInfo: Superstack | Connect: MySpace
Superstack is a local Toronto three-piece band that I found and have heard on MySpace. I've been trying to get out to see them for a few months now, and finally our schedules coincided. They opened Tuesday night at The Horseshoe with their own brand of 70's style rock, all in support of their new self-titled CD.
If you want to imagine Superstack, think Allman Brothers with the occasional twist of Phish, but with tighter compositions. Decked out in bell-bottom jeans and long hair, Scott Donnelly (guitar, lead vocals) put down some guitar licks that took me back to a time before synthesizers. Donnelly also has a deep, clean vocal sound that is reminiscent of, and on par with, some of his influences.
In addition to enjoying their set at The Horseshoe, I've been playing their 12-track CD while editing these photos. Superstack's music provides a welcome break in the stream of similarly sounding bands that cross my desk, and has the pleasant side-effect of sending my mind back in time. Superstack plays regularly in and around Toronto, so if you live in the area you've got no excuses for not getting out to see them, and very little to lose.
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