Noah Gundersen and his band, including his sister Abby, came through Toronto on September 29 for a show at The Opera House. The band play introspective and emotional music featuring beautiful harmonies and a good does of atheism, at least to my ear and the lyrics I picked out. Loud or soft, their intensity seems to be the product of inner turmoil. They spiced things up with a cover of The Deftones' "Change (In The House Of Flies)".
controller.controller are a Canadian alternative rock band from Toronto. They put out their amazing X-Amounts album 10 years ago today. They reformed earlier this year and have played a few shows. I was all lined up to see one of them and then sadly couldn't make it. I hope to catch them live because I never did back in the day.
X-Amounts is a solid album that mixes cool, danceable alt-rock beats with great riffs and catchy melodies. It all comes together in some of my favourite songs ever. Take a listen to a bunch:
There was certainly a lot of buzz that came along with the announcement that Conor Oberst would be playing at TURF, not as Bright Eyes, but with his old alternative / punk band Desaparecidos. I did a little Feature on them and thoroughly enjoyed their straight-up tunes and on-stage energy. A very cool set from a very cool band.
Philadelphia's Restorations was one of the bands I was really looking forward to seeing at TURF. Their recorded output impressed me enough to do a TURF Feature on the band. They had an early slot on the South Stage on the first day of the festival.
Their heavy and earthy sound, with singer Jon Loudon's guttural tones, the wall of guitars and the unrelenting beats, were everything I hoped they'd be in the live setting. I love the sound of this band and I look forward to seeing them again. My only regret is not getting to their Club Bonus Series show.
Heaps of their music is available at their Bandcamp.
Check out some of this band's powerful tunes from their setlist:
I don't know if it struck me as acutely when I saw Chvrches for the first time at Field Trip 2014 and maybe it's because we were all a bit "soggy" but Chvrches are a great live band. Their live sound is perfection, the songs are brilliant and so energetic, Lauren Mayberry has grown into quite a magnetic front for the band, engaging the crowd and keeping the pace going. Their light show was fantastic and everyone around me had an awesome time.
I caught Chvrches for the second of two sold-out nights at The Danforth Music Hall on October 5. The band opened with "Never Ending Circles" from their new album and performed a greatest hits worthy set that covered their 2013 début The Bones of What You Believe and their very recently released second album Every Open Eye. Personal highlights from their set were "Gun", "Recover", "Clearest Blue", "Leave A Trace", "We Sink" and the encore closer, the last song, the one that we'd been waiting all night for, "The Mother We Share". This band definitely belongs on my "see this band every time you can" list.
Check out some of my favourite Chvrches tunes.
Show opening tune "Never Ending Circles"
The final song of their main set, "Leave A Trace"
The song to close out the night, "The Mother We Share"