Fuck Buttons at Wrongbar

Published On October 21, 2013 | By Jeff Karpala | Across the Border, Live, Live Photo Sets, Photos

I don’t normally write… things, so I apologize ahead of time.

I arrived to the Wrongbar and it was pretty dead so I grabbed a spot to the side of the stage where I could set up camp, grab a beer and wait for the show to get going. The Lichens sounded good, but just weren’t able to get the scarce crowd of early arrivers into their set.

The place filled up pretty quickly in anticipation for Fuck Buttons, with the crowd patiently waiting for them to finally hit the stage. Their blend of eclectic and abstract electronic music seemed to be more what this crowd was looking for–though, still not much movement amongst the crowd. I think I need to travel more and see if every city has very timid crowds, or if Toronto’s hard-to-please reputation is in fact a thing. They eventually got a couple heads bouncing along and maybe even a few people dancing, but they for the most part, fans just wanted to stand and watch. Sound was good, and their performance was true to their album, which is a feat unto itself, but also not super exciting. I was hoping for some more playing around, but they still didn’t disappoint.

Overall, they put on a good show but the crowd for the most part just didn’t want to bite, which is unfortunate as I think this kind of small, intimate, and packed venue, if it turned into a sweaty dancy mess, would have been amazing.

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