Soundtrack Of The City - Day 1 : 'I'm all lost in a Supermarket'

Those of you who followed us earlier this year will remember that Jeannie Reid, the Director, creator and dynamo behind Music City North, put together a tremendous Queen Street Festival. Well, she’s done it again! This time under the name ‘Soundtrack of the City’ (SOTC). Located in various venues in Kensington Market, an array of bands and solo artists who are some of the best talent in upcoming Canadian music, made for an outstanding experience. If you weren’t here, you missed out, seriously.

Our first stop was Supermarket on Thursday night, which we’d picked as the cream of a very good crop, but which was strangely invaded by about 150 Romans in Togas! Hey, but that’s frosh week in T.O. for you… Opening the evening were Toronto’s own Streetlight Social who comprise of Chris Millar (Vox/Guitar), Reid Henry (Vox/Piano/Guitar), Gabe Gallucci (Drums), Kevin Austin (Lead Guitar/Banjo), Brendan Mcmilian Upright Bass) and Matt Baylis (Percussion), although on the night I saw a mandolin as well.

Their nine song set was an interesting mixture of fast songs and slower ballads, centred round relationships, drinking and having a good time, all of which resonated with me. The overall tightness of the band was a strong point, allowing each to shine, while not showboating at an individual level. The result were tremendous harmonies, great banjo, a driving drum set and a set of songs that you only have to hear once to know and be able to sing/tap along with in time. Amongst the songs played, highlights were ‘Kicking and Screaming’, ‘Right Where I Belong’ and a snare drum/picked guitar intro to ‘Blood from a Stone’, ‘Trouble on my Mind’ featuring some seriously driving drums, before a slower tune ‘Cheers’ where the upright bass really came into its own. The pace picked up again with ‘Bad Moonshine’, ‘Catch Me If you Can’ and finally ‘Drink the Night Away’, which opened with some Johnny Cash lines, but which swiftly developed into a cracking song. Now, when’s their next gig……?

SynBrit Rating: 5/5

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Drink The Night Away



The next band on, with the unenviable task of following StreetLight Social, were Piece of Mind. The group from Mississauga describe themselves as a ‘hard rock’ band consisting of Brandon Stadnyk (Lead Vox/Guitar, Myke Penney (Lead Guitar/vox), Evan MacHattie (Drums) and Liam Hills (Bass). They opened with a cover of Helter Skelter, which featured some nice lead guitar in mid song and followed up with a series of tracks from their first album ‘Inner Piece’.
From the heavy lead guitar and drum riff on ‘This Feels Right’, to the lead intro to the Sabbathesque ‘Again’ and onto ‘Elaine’ with it’s almost Beatles harmonies, the set grew in stature as the band grew in confidence. More great lead guitar mid song in ‘Alibi’ was followed by the last two songs ‘Low’ and ‘Voices, which although slightly slower, had a King Crimson feel with ‘Voices’ exploding mid song to provide a fantastic conclusion to a well thought out and nicely delivered set.

SynBrit Rating: 3/5

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Twitter: @pieceofmindrock



On the night I tweeted ‘Class is permanent, Paint are Class’ and I doubt I’ve ever made a truer statement. With a new tour about to start, a new bass player to show off, new soundtrack music to debut and new stage props, they could be excused if they had been a little preoccupied, but they never missed a beat and fully delivered to an appreciative audience.
Opening with a sense of the dramatic, Robb Johannes walked on stage as the introduction to ‘The Feast’ was playing and immediately demonstrated the sort of enigmatic stage craft that is sadly lacking in many bands today. The combination of Robb’s gyrating movement on stage with Jordan Shepherdson’s guitar and effects board provide a visual and aural assault of the senses. That said, the platform that Devin Jannetta on drums and Keiko Gutierrez on bass provided was truly solid throughout. ‘When she’s Gone’ was followed by ‘Moral of the Story’, from the forthcoming movie soundtrack and ‘Take it Or Leave It’. described by Robb as a long story, ‘Bonfire of Vanities’ was next followed by a very danceable ‘Strangers’/’A Stitch in Time’, an energetic ‘Goodbye to a Friend’ and a break up song ‘It’s Over (and Over)’, which left the set to close with ‘Shattered Hearts’. The tour over the coming weeks will be greeted back here in at the Cameron House in Toronto in early October for a concert filming and live album taping, we’ll be there!

SynBrit Rating: 4/5


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Twitter: @paintband
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Closing the night was Hamilton’s own Live How You Live who have been around since 2006. The band usually consist of Carm Milioto, Todd Hornby, Dylan Panton and JJ, although Lorenzo was filling in on drums the night we saw them play. Despite the rock n’ roll tag on their Facebook site, there is clearly a lot more going on here and the set contained elements of jazz funk guitar, Santana rhythms, a Steely Dan feel and even a touch of reggae, which made for intriguing listening.
Songs played included ‘Don’t Give Up’ from 2006, ‘Stay’ a rock and roll tune, the new single ‘Youngblood’, ‘Habana Woman’ which contained a near rap vocal and ‘Breakdown Hollywood’ their first single, that had a reverb vocal and which closed their set. If you haven’t already seen this band, make sure you do and soon.

SynBrit Rating: 4/5

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Twitter: @LiveHowYouLive

Until next time…… The Moose
Live How You Live

Live How You Live

Paint

Paint

Streetlight Social

Streetlight Social


All photos reproduced by kind permission of Back2basicsphotography.com