2019 started off really busy with tons of projects flooding in right from the get-go. It wasn't until late in January I was able to pick up my first show- and I couldn't have been happier with what I got! The guys from Sly Gargantuan and Late Night Sanity were putting on their own show at a small bar just outside Toronto and I thought, "Damn, it's been a while. Let's hit this up." We trekked out in the horrible snow storm to see some rad bands...worth.
We stuck around for Sly G, but had to leave before LNS could go on. The snow was coming down so hard and the highway was an absolute mess. What can I say about Sly G that I haven't said before? They absolutely nailed it up there and made the best of the small stage. My guy Dwight was just absolutely all over the place-and it rocked.
Actually, what I can say, is it's getting better seeing them live now that I actually somewhat know the songs! They've been a wee secretive about what they post from their upcoming album, but Dwight sends me little snippets here and there ;) It's going to be a big album, and hopefully some big videos to come out of it!
Let me just say something first- I shot a lot of shows last year, saw a lot of bands, and it's rare for me to become a big fan of anything the first time listening to it- but two of these bands really did it for me.
The opening band, PLANTS, went out on this tiny stage and killed it. Murdered it. Completely blew my mind. They're an interesting mix of a prog-rock with light verses and heavy choruses. Tight, technical, and their drummer just blew the roof off the place. Afterwards, we were joking about how the vocalist totally looks like Joe from "You" or Dan from "Gossip Girl". Jokes aside, I need to see these guys again and hopefully work on some bigger stuff together!
The second band was Drone Wolf...and let me tell you...damn. The whole way home we were jamming their EP. I fell in love with their song "Hushfall" and I've been picturing this perfect music video for it ever since...*hint hint guys*. Apparently the whole band wasn't there, but even still, they played a tight set with a key-tar as a bass! It was incredible seeing them play these amazing prog-rock songs with such soul and energy on such a small stage.