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Hollerado at The Danforth Music Hall

Hollerado at Danforth Music Hall
Hollerado
The Zolas, PUP
The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, ON
September 13, 2013
Review by: Melissa Adamson
Photos by: Pete Nema

This was one of Hollerado’s biggest, if not their actual biggest, headlining shows and they delivered one of the best sets we've seen to date with the help of props, confetti, wardrobe changes and of course plenty of Hollerado enthusiasm.

Hollerado

The minutes leading up to Hollerado’s set were filled with whispers of surprises and guesses as to what the boys might have up their sleeves. They are a fun-loving band, so it was a guarantee that they would have plenty of surprises to delight the crowd with.

Sure enough, the confetti showers started during the first song, along with the reveal of a white backdrop with Hollerado painted in a colourful stain glass style. The confetti was launched consistently throughout the set, creating well timed rushes of excitement as the boys worked through the majority of the songs on their current album White Paint. Stand out songs of the night included "Desire 126," a Sticky Magazine favourite, and a mash-up of "Fresno Chunk (Digging With You)" and "Thanks for the Venom." The crowd cheered the loudest for singles "So It Goes" and "Pick Me Up," as well as old favourites "Juliette" and "Americanarama."

In addition to more than doubling their regular dosage of confetti, towards the end of the set ultra-violet lights were turned on and the white Hollerado backdrop lit up with a space theme. Little aliens, planets and stars glowed in the background as glowing green beach balls bounced into the crowd.

The encore consisted of the boys changing out of their matching black t-shirts into tie-dye ones. A wardrobe change that involved Menno Versteeg (vocals, guitar) jumping on top of the drum set to help Jake put on his matching shirt while he continued to play.

Naturally, plenty of other stage antics occurred to end the night. The boys bounced around, Menno jumped into the crowd and members of PUP, friends, and family lingered on and around the outskirts of the stage having a good time. The celebratory chaos at the end of the set left the crowd hyped up and excited. Which of course is exactly what you would expect from a Hollerado show.

Make sure you catch Holleardo when they are in your town for the So It Goes Tour. A full list of dates can be found on their website and this Facebook page.

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The Zolas

The Zolas create hook heavy, relatable songs that are likely on many indie lovers’ dorm room playlist. Their current album, Ancient Mars, is smooth and relaxed, and transfers beautifully to their live performances.

This set was no exception. They captivated the crowd with their progressive pop melodies and lead singer Zachery Gray's confident stage presence. Gray complements the band's creative song lyrics with his swaying hip and arm movements and a charming grin. He even had the rambunctious crowd swaying with him up at the front of the stage.

It is difficult to pull out specific moments from the set that stood out. The beauty of The Zolas is that they are consistent and each song is equally enjoyable. They are from Vancouver so make sure you take the opportunity to see them next time they are in town.

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PUP

PUP, formerly Topanga, took to the stage eager and ready to unleash their punk party anthems to a sizeable group of excited fans. With the volume turned to the max, they played with unrestrained energy and delivered each song like a punch in the face. That is a positive statement. Trust me.

The audience that was gathered at the front of the stage loved it and fought back by joining the group chants and fiercely clapping along to each song. Though a few songs could be tighter, the band played with heart and projected a contagious youthful exuberance that had this tender-eared writer thoroughly engaged.

They are being labelled as a band to watch and this tour will only continue to pave the road to more exciting things for them. One of those things is the October 8 release of their self-titled debut album, through Hollerado's Royal Mountain Records. Help them celebrate the release at Sneaky Dee's on October 17th (Facebook Event). 

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