Show Reviews, Toronto — February 28, 2016 at 21:53

We Are The City, Highs and Kasador at Adelaide Hall

Photo from Boompa Records / by: Kirsten Huculiak

Photo from Boompa Records / by: Kirsten Huculiak

Last night, Vancouver’s We Are The City was in town for a buzzed-about show at Adelaide Hall, supported by HIGHS and Kasador. We Are The City, fresh off releasing their third full-length album, Above Club, are in the middle of a cross-Canadian tour with HIGHS that kicked off in Calgary on Feb 18, and wraps up in Smithers, British Columbia on March 19. Check out the remaining tour dates by clicking here.

Related: HIGHS release music video for “I Do, Do You?”

The evening kicked off in fine form with Kingston/Toronto’s Kasador (formerly known as the Will Hunter Band), a power-pop band chock full of hooks and emotive vocals. The lead singer, Will Hunter, was highly charismatic and took every opportunity to draw the crowd into the music. If emotive power pop is your thing, check out their recently released music video for “Neighbourhood” here and you can catch them at The Horseshoe Tavern on March 19.

Full disclosure: my review of this show was mainly motivated by a desire to see HIGHS again, though I had definitely heard good things about the headliner, We Are The City. HIGHS are a few weeks away from releasing a highly-anticipated debut full-length, called Dazzle Camouflage, and their two new singles, “Handsome Man” and “I Do, Do You?” have wormed their way into my brain lately. Back to last night’s show, they were absolutely astonishingly good. I’ve seen HIGHS a couple of times now, and they’re definitely one of those bands whose live show gets better and better every time you see them. They’re engaging, almost mesmerizing and sound awesome live. The setlist was pre-dominantly new material, and I know that it had me wishing it was April 8 this morning. You can check out their new singles right here on CONFRONT by clicking here for “Handsome Man” and here for “I Do, Do You?”

And last but not least: We Are The City. Purveyors of experimental and boundary-pushing pop music, their live show is visually and aesthetically spectacular. The band combines their melodic but crushing synth pop with an elaborate light show, matching the colours with the intensity of the track being played. Beyond the visual effects, We Are The City’s live performance shows just how much of a prog rock influence the band has internalized over the years, while the records (to date) just hint at this influence. Onstage, they mostly let the music do the talking for them, though there was an interesting encounter between frontman Cayne McKenzie and what appeared to be a concertgoer’s cell phone. A good word to describe their live show is intense, so you should really check it out if you want to see something different than the set from your average indie rock band.






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