Concerts Concerts NXNE 2013: Paper Lions, Dinosaur Bones and Wintersleep

NXNE 2013: Paper Lions, Dinosaur Bones and Wintersleep

Wintersleep at Danforth Music Hall
Wintersleep
Paper Lions, Dinosaur Bones
Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, ON
June 15, 2012

Review by: Melissa Adamson
Photos by: Allison Janzen

Saturday night at The Danforth Music Hall was one of the must see shows of NXNE, offering a perfect collection of Canadian rock.

Wintersleep

Wintersleep is one of Canada’s indie darlings, with a hit single that has made its way onto plenty of Canadian films, television shows and commercials. Yet Weighty Ghost is just a small sliver of the depth of their music and the band works hard to prove this with each live performance. As they played songs from all of their albums, with a focus on Welcome to the Night Sky (2007) and Hello Hum (2012), you could hear the evolution in their sound.

During the live shows you experience the layers and textures in their music and the full force of Paul Murphy’s vocals. As each song builds it feels as if they suck the energy out of the room and send it back in an exhilarating mixture of sound. Highlights of the night were “Archaeologists”, “Dead Letter”, “Laser Beams”, “In Came the Flood” and “Nothing is Anything (Without You).” 

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Dinosaur Bones

A few of us moved to the balcony to hear the fullness of Dinosaur Bone’s sound and experience the heavy guitars and the dark mellow tone of Ben Fox’s voice as it filled the Danforth Music Hall. The crowd stood still for most of the set, absorbing the pulsating energy of the music and enjoying the new material from their soon to be released sophomore album, Shakey Dreams. As usual the band was airtight and each new song was delivered seamlessly. Dinosaur Bones are known to be a hard working band so it is a guarantee that we will see plenty of them around Toronto leading up to and following the release of the new album on August 6. 

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Paper Lions

I first saw Paper Lions at NXNE 2011 during a sweaty, floor bouncing set at Sneaky Dee’s. This time around it was nice to see them fill a large venue and watch the crowd bounce to the music, while standing on solid ground. Their upbeat sound, beautiful harmonies and catchy lyrics were amped up with some heavier guitar work to fill the venue. John MacPhee kept the energy up by getting out from behind the mic stand a few times and jump into the audience. Highlights of the night were new songs from their upcoming album My Friend, which is scheduled to be released August 20. 

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