My Indie Week started off at the Hideout for the annual VIP Launch Party. There, organizers collect a bunch of bands from a wide swath of genres to give everyone a taste of what’s to come over the next few days.
This year, that taste started with Regina’s Poor Nameless Boy. The singer-songwriter is typically not my favourite sound, but PNB rose above the genre’s typical slow and boring tropes. Plus, his acoustic guitar was joined on stage by a violinist and a semi-acoustic guitarist.
Poor Nameless Boy commanded a rapt audience, despite the large, loud room and rowdy launch party crowd. Still, the crowd enjoyed Poor Nameless Boy’s soft and soothing sound, with songs like “30 Photographs” and “River & Trees,” both of which are off his latest effort Bravery, released in January 2016.