Audioblood's Two Night Holiday Stand: Night Two
December 11, 2010 — Audioblood 2010 Holiday continued the next night at the Rivoli with Teenage Kicks, Clothes Make the Man, and the Balconies. As a bonus, of course, secret/surprise guests ended the night.
I’ve reviewed Teenage Kicks recently, and have pretty much the same thing to say about their live performance as last time. Grungy, raw, slightly unhinged, and tinged with high kicks. Which is great, but not too versatile. Still, the band provides a good time for those of us who are into flannel shirts and the 90s. Which is most of us, I think.
Clothes Make the Man perform next, and announce that it is their last performance for a long time. A shock, because they just released a new EP with promises of a new album on the way. A sad shock too, because they really are one of the most enjoyable bands in Toronto to watch live. Banging renditions of “Singles Only” and “Chile” ensue, with the CMTM live staple (or so I’ll dub it) “Cruisin’” rounding out the set. The boys seem to put in every effort in making this set one to remember, with frontman Ryan McLennan dressed in a dress-shirt with a tie, and guitarist Scott Henry tying up his t-shirt and baring his chest, provoking good-natured laughs all around. The band will be missed, and for good reason.
The Balconies are the third in line tonight, and live up to the hype as always. Catchy guitar hooks, catchier lyrics, and incredible vocals — courtesy of lead vocalist/guitarist Jacquie Neville — round out yet another solid performance from the Ottawa-bred, Toronto-based three-piece. The Balconies make you want to dance, clap, and shout out loud with joy. Also, they make you want to be Jacquie Neville if you’re a girl (don’t deny it) because onstage, she’s electric.
Last but certainly not least, secret guests Great Bloomers make us all wish that Christmas shows like this happen every week. The young country-tinged rock band have whoever was sitting earlier on their feet, and many more dancing up as close to the stage as they can be. Muted vocals with a touch of languidness are the icing on the cake to a rich blend of piano, drums, bass, and guitar. Ones to see again and many time more, Great Bloomers conclude Audioblood’s Two Night Holiday Stand in a bold way, leaving me wondering in what ways next year’s showcase will measure up.