So going in to the band’s CD launch party at the Boston Manor in Burlington, Ont., on Friday, I was expecting to watch a good band play live. What I got was a band that was even better – better than the last time I saw them perform, and better than they are on their record.
They opened with ‘I Bet’, a catchy number off of the record. With this, they certainly caught the crowd’s attention. But they maintained it with their happy and interactive between-song banter – a critical part of performing, in my opinion.
Together, they play straight-up rock-and-roll, with Mike Medhurst’s fast drums, Jason Brandow’s vivacious and mind-numbing guitar solos, Jennifer Lockman’s invigorating, and at times beautifully twinkly, keys, and Adam Payne’s punchy bass lines, not to mention Brian Dahl’s smooth and smokey vocals.
They easily transition between fast-paced upbeat songs and smooth, slow ballads. They’re still entirely entertaining, no matter what style they fall into. They build from smooth, seamless verses to wonderful choruses – clanging keys, buzzing and warbling guitars, rolling bass – it’s a recipe for a fabulous set.
On stage, it’s obvious that they’re having fun, and that fun certainly translates to the crowd, which, by mid-way through their set, has rushed the dance floor. Musically, they certainly don’t call it in. They practice hard, and it shows; they’re great together, hitting every mark.
They played more tracks from their album, which is available in CD and bracelet form, before finishing their set with a spot on cover of AC/DC’s ‘Highway to Hell’.
“We’re all sick, so I’m not sure how this is going to go,” Brian tells me before the show.
No matter; Andreas sound as incredible as ever.