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Bend Sinister, Not Just The Same Thing

Bend Sinister at Rivoli
Bend Sinister
Rivoli in Toronto, Ontario
June 4, 2010

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

It was almost exactly four years ago when I first headed out (with a new camera in hand) to photograph Vancouver-based Bend Sinister at the Horseshoe. Since then, along with putting out an excellent full-length album called Stories Of Brothers, Tales Of Lovers, they have solidified their stage show.

The band was back in Toronto for a few dates and because their travels to this side of the country are fairly few and far between, it means that every time we get to see them play here, the progress is more clearly stated. When I saw them in 2009, it was excellent to see how their stage presence had become significantly stronger, and now a year later, it seems to have become second nature. Dan Moxon (vocals, keyboards) is incredible to watch on the keyboards, varying between a gentle touch to a full out assault on the keys.

Songs such as "The News", "The Same Things", and "Time Breaks Down" come across brilliantly live. Their prog-rock influences are definitely exposed, but their own sound seems to have a much stronger presence now. The Rivoli is a fairly intimate venue, and even though it was fairly full there was still enough space to get through the crowd, but due to the amazing performance I felt like I had been at a much larger show. With excellent compositions and the ability to deliver on stage, Bend Sinister provides quite the concert experience. That was the last show in Toronto for a while, but until their next visit, check out their 2009 full-length album Stories Of Brothers, Tales Of Lovers (iTunes, eMusic.com), or their 2010 EP release Spring Romance (iTunes, eMusic.com).

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