May 6, 2018

Sunflower Bean at The Horseshoe Tavern - Concert Photos

Sunflower Bean at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sunflower Bean at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sunflower Bean at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sunflower Bean at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sunflower Bean at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sunflower Bean at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sunflower Bean at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sunflower Bean at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sunflower Bean at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sunflower Bean at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sunflower Bean at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sunflower Bean at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sunflower Bean at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sunflower Bean at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
New York City's Sunflower Bean played Toronto's Legendary Horseshoe Tavern last night as their tour supporting their new album Twentytwo in Blue rolls on. They're touring with the incredible Dream Wife opening the shows and blowing minds. My thoughts on their set and my photos of them are here.

I've been a Sunflower Bean fan since I first heard their music. This was my first time actually making it to one of their shows. It was one of those mixed emotion things. I looked forward to this show for a long time, I loved their set and was so happy I got to experience their amazing live show, but it made me wish that I had seen them on their previous Toronto tour stops. I hope I won't miss them again.

I find that singer and bassist Julia Cumming channels so much 70s glam rock's energy, attitude and vibe. And it's not just the boots. Sunflower Bean's music definitely has a harder edge to it live and they even got a pit going during the main set when Julia jumped down into the crowd, and again for show-closer "I Was Home". They got good crowd interaction during current hit "Crisis Fest".

Their set struck a good balance between their two full-length albums and brought their abundant influences, along with their own unique additions to them, to the surface. The set varied dynamically to keep things flowing. I loved the band's overall energy, highlighted by Julia's amazing presence and stage attitude along with guitarist Nick Kivlen's nuanced guitar playing and pyjamas, and drummer Jacob Faber's relentless beats. They make a gloriously full noise for a three-piece.

The only lingering question I'm left with is, what was that one-off cover tune that they started the encore with? If anyone who was there can fill me in, I'll add it to the post.

Check out some Sunflower Bean tunes from their setlist:

"Come On"

"Twentytwo"

"Crisis Fest"

"Easier Said"

"I Was a Fool"

"I Was Home"

Dream Wife at The Horseshoe Tavern - Concert Photos

Dream Wife at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dream Wife at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dream Wife at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dream Wife at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dream Wife at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dream Wife at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dream Wife at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dream Wife at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dream Wife at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dream Wife at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dream Wife at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dream Wife at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dream Wife at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dream Wife at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dream Wife at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dream Wife at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dream Wife at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dream Wife at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 5, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I kinda knew it was going to happen, but it was still an incredible revelation to have my mind blown by Dream Wife last night. The Brighton band are on a mission to win over audiences with their instantly addictive music, attitude and energy. They're currently out on tour with Sunflower Bean and played Toronto's Legendary Horseshoe Tavern last night. Click through to see my photos of Sunflower Bean and my thoughts on their set here.

Dream Wife get a ton of hype and lots of people gathered up to the stage to take in every little bit of the intense experience. Horseshoe Tavern owner Jeff Cohen gave the band a wonderful introduction, and then they proceeded to unleash their tight, 9-song set on us, living up to, and even surpassing, all the hype and build-up.

We got to hear most of their self-titled debut album with little nods to Blondie's "One Way or Another" and Spice Girls "Wannabe". They told us about the special place that Toronto and indeed Canada hold in their hearts, which is always a nice connection to hear about. The crowd, and I, loved every second of the show. It did seem like it all flew by in a second; with barely time to take a breath. I knew from listening to their album that they’d be amazing. And they were.

Please, do not miss them when they come back to Toronto. Hint, hint, probably in the fall and probably headlining. And of course, if you're not in Toronto, and Dream Wife are playing anywhere reasonably near you, go see them. You will not be sorry.

Here's a bunch of their music from their setlist.

"Hey Heartbreaker"

"Lolita"

"Fire"

"Kids"

"Somebody"

"FUU"

"Let's Make Out"

April 29, 2018

Soccer Mommy at Longboat Hall - Concert Photos

Soccer Mommy at Longboat Hall on April 28, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Soccer Mommy at Longboat Hall on April 28, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Soccer Mommy at Longboat Hall on April 28, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Soccer Mommy at Longboat Hall on April 28, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Soccer Mommy at Longboat Hall on April 28, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Soccer Mommy at Longboat Hall on April 28, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Soccer Mommy at Longboat Hall on April 28, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Soccer Mommy at Longboat Hall on April 28, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Soccer Mommy at Longboat Hall on April 28, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Soccer Mommy at Longboat Hall on April 28, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I got to see Soccer Mommy at a sold out show at The Great Hall venue Longboat Hall. It was my first time at this space and I loved the warm and inviting hall, with great sight lines and sound. Soccer Mommy were preceded by local band Ellis and Long Beard. Click through for my photos of those bands.

Soccer Mommy is the stage name of Nashville based Sophie Allison. She and the band did a great job playing their personal and evocative music for a very enthusiastic and appreciative crowd. She even threw in a solo cover of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire".

I loved the band and would see them again in a heartbeat.

Check out some music and go see them live:

"Henry"

"Your Dog"

"Cool"

"Still Clean"

Long Beard at Longboat Hall - Concert Photos

Long Beard at Longboat Hall on April 28, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Long Beard at Longboat Hall on April 28, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Long Beard at Longboat Hall on April 28, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Long Beard at Longboat Hall on April 28, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Long Beard were the second band up on Saturday night at Longboat Hall, playing between Ellis and headliners Soccer Mommy. I enjoyed their chill tunes and swirling sounds that featured very cool use of vocal and guitar loops.

Check them out:

"Moths"

"Porch"

"Turkeys"

Ellis at Longboat Hall - Concert Photos

Ellis at Longboat Hall on April 28, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Ellis at Longboat Hall on April 28, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Ellis at Longboat Hall on April 28, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Ellis at Longboat Hall on April 28, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Ellis at Longboat Hall on April 28, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Ellis at Longboat Hall on April 28, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Ellis was the first band to hit the Longboat Hall stage last night for a Saturday filled with emotive and innovative music. They were warming things up for Long Beard and headliners Soccer Mommy. They confessed that they don't have any music available online yet, but are starting to record this week.

I liked their personal and introspective, dynamic and emotional music. I'll be looking forward to their releases and more shows.