Electric Youth brought fuzzy love to frozen Toronto
The Hoxton in Toronto played host to the Californian stylings of Electric Youth on Nov. 18. The Toronto based duo has been lacing ear drums with an auditory experience of sound and vocals intertwined like a perfect love affair – oh, did I happen to mention the tow members of the band, Austin Garrick and Bronwyn Griffin are middle-school sweet hearts?
Well that explains where the chemistry comes from, the two have been together since the 8th grade, and now get to not only share their lives together, but also share stages and studios – a romantic dream for a couple of music lovers.
In 2011 (the same year the band formed,) their debut hit “A Real Hero,” with College made them gain instant popularity when the song was not only featured in the movie Drive (2012,) the video for the song was also nominated for an MTV video award under the category of “Best Music.”
And that’s what Electric Youth is all about, just making the best music they can and putting on the best performance they can. And all those viewers that trudged through the inch of snow on Toronto’s streets and bared the face-ripping winds got what they paid for.
Through out the hour-long set which included an encore, Griffin, Garrick and the backing band of Electric Youth kept the crowd engaged and fully entanced with warm hooks while seamlessly transitioning through their relatively small catalog of rewired 80’s inspired synth-pop.
Garrick recently stated in an interview that “Our interest in the pursuit of (the) timeless is not about nostalgia, it’s about longevity,” and they are definitely here for the long run, with a fresh style that feels like home. It’s clearly evident with Electric Youth’s song writing, performing and stage presence – a carefully crafted masterpiece, like a Picasso – simple yet executed flawlessly.
After the show, the band was over near the VIP section socializing with fans and friends – mingling and taking photos, like it’s just a regular night for the young couple with their whole lives ahead of them.
Story by Devin Size, Photos by ftfphotography