North by Northeast back bolstering breadth of bands
Toronto’s largest music festival is back, and for the first night of NXNE 2013, Martyr visited a few venues across Canada’s largest city to see a few bands making the grade on stages and airwaves.
After canvasing taverns and music halls with some local and from afar talent, some interesting and unique numbers stood out.
This Hisses, a rock threesome from Winnipeg fronted by bassist and lead vocalist Julia Ryckman, rocked the stage at the Hard Luck Bar. Having just released their sophomore album Anhedonia, their evolved and darker rock tones are finally seeping through more than ever, and the response has been nothing but rewarding.
Being that they’ve only been together for the last three years, it’s impressive to see how far they’ve really unified in musical matrimony, being able to enlighten their entourage with haunting harmonious hits.
Their ability to link real life undertones of both lust and loss, past and present , guitars and gore gives listeners and onlookers a sight to be seen with a sentiment to be felt, all while being musically entranced.
They’ve been topping charts consistently both for their new album and as one of the top rock bands voted up for NXNE last year.
Their return was highly anticipated and warmly welcomed by fans old and new, and for those who heard them for the first time Wednesday night, they’ll be anticipating them next year.
After This Hisses’ set ended, the night took us over to the legendary Horseshoe Tavern to see the Damn Truth that everyone has been talking about. Their new album Dear in the Headlights is not just a clever title, because that is basically what their fans emulate when witnessing their sonic stage presence and personally permeating poetic verses. The first of three of their sets at NXNE, they definitively displayed their enthusiasm for being back in Toronto.
Constantly playing host to emerging and renowned artists alike, the Damn Truth did the Horseshoe justice jamming jives for a full house that chanted for more once they finished. The group hailing from Montreal has been touring their new album steadily since its release, and after this week continue on throughout the rest of Canada with another slew of shows before they get back for their last show back home and back to the studio again for another rager of a record to follow up on their full-length debut.
Considering it was just after one in the morning, everyone was still going hard and getting lost in the lustre of long hair and lasting rock licks from the Damn Truth.
An after-hours scene was then seen at the Bovine Sex Club on Queen street. A house of burlesque and debauchery for vagabonds and vagrants advocating for voracious and venomous acid rock and mad metal with everything in between, as long as it’s not soft.
Midnight Malice of Toronto was a perfect example of what the Bovine has a long lasting legend of. Madness and metal is the motto of this maliciously magnetic musical mistress. Led by living and lusting sex symbol Caleb Beal on guitar and vocals, their in-your-face ferocious and phallic performance left the audience seriously seduced. As they state in their band bio under band themes, beers, babes, brawls, debauchery and bad ass brute metal are what these guys promise, and that’s exactly what you get from Midnight Malice.
This late night set was a perfect way to top the first day of NXNE off, like a goodnight kiss.