Bear's Den played at the Mod Club last Tuesday night. They started off the show with a couple of songs off their new album, Red Earth and Pouring Rain. Their new album has a very different sound from their previous albums especially since the classic sound of the banjo, that can be found on their first album, is missing. They've replaced the banjo with an acoustic guitar and a synth keyboard. Although I wasn't a huge fan of this change at first, after seeing them live, it has definitely grown on me and I'm beginning to love their new album more and more. My favourite part of the concert was when they decided to unplug from all their equipment and essentially stripped down and played with nothing more than the natural acoustics of their guitars and their harmonic voices. The lead singer joked about how he usually has to tell everyone to be very quiet, but the room had already fallen silent. The first time they played for us without any electronics, they played on the stage but the second time, they came down into the audience and played in the middle of the floor. You could really hear their beautiful voices and felt totally immersed in the song. This was a very rare occurrence and I'm so happy I got to share that experience with the rest of Toronto. I will definitely be seeing them next time they come!
Indie88 turned 3 years old on Saturday night and all the indie loving fans were there to celebrate! The Birthday party included a VIP pre show with Dave Monks, a live painter from Sketch Toronto, an abundance of balloons, a giant baby and of course the main acts; Repartee, Hollerado and Tokyo Police Club.
Repartee owned the stage with their catchy electro pop tunes which included "All Lit Up" and my favourite "Dukes", you can listen to it here. Meg was a rock star and definitely looked the part with her gold fringe jacket and hair whipping. On Facebook, Repartee wrote in their about section that they "plan on spreading their fiery electro-pop dance party to sweaty crowds across the country and around the world". I think definitely accomplished that goal, at least in Toronto.
Tokyo Police Club is one of my all time favourite bands. I have seen them multiple times over the years, this was also my parents favourite band of the night. I actually believe that my Dad has seen them play more times than I have, he's clearly the bigger fan. They played a lot of songs off their 3rd album Champ as well of some of their newer songs like "Hot Tonight" and "Not my Girl". They recently released a song called 'My House" which you can listen to here, and this song will be off their new EP being release on September 23rd. I'm super excited to see them again in December when they come to The Mod Club.