When they took the stage at Cadillac Lounge for a Canadian Music Week showcase, it was clear their set would be good. Their look is tight, and from what I could hear on their 2015 Streetlights EP, their particular brand of poppy indie-rock would make for a fun and exciting show.
But nothing could have prepared me for the high-energy brouhaha that the band brought to the Parkdale bar.
Between the group’s hard-edged indie-rock songs – complete with crazy guitar riffs, clanging keys and quickening drumlines – and their slower folk-rock ballads, with all the acoustic guitars and bow-played electrics, The Commoners put on a phenomenal show.
They shared some tracks off of Spotlight, including “Out Tonight” and “The Other Way”, and played the first single off their upcoming EP No Stranger. That song, called “Walkin’ South” is a roaring track. The guitars are powerful, the drums will blow you away and the vocals will wail on as if the singer doesn’t need to breathe.
Friday night’s show was a great one – and with a new record due for release at the start of July, you can bet there will be many more of ‘em.