Concerts Concerts NXNE 2010: It's All In The Details

NXNE 2010: It's All In The Details

The Details at C'est What
The Details
C'est What in Toronto, Ontario
June 19, 2010

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

As the Toronto Island Concert came to a close, I made sure I was on the first ferry back to the mainland so that I could rejoin Saturday night of NXNE that was already in progress.

The Details' 2007 album Draw A Distance. Draw A Border. continues to be one of my favourite independent albums of the past 10 years, and I'm also really enjoying the copy of their soon-to-be-released new album, Lost Art, that I'm lucky enough to have been given. Stephen Carroll of The Weakerthans not only appeared on their 2007 album, he co-produced the new album along with Brandon Reid of The National. I wanted to ensure I didn't miss their set — it's not just that I'm a huge fan of their music, but last time they were in town a messed-up night resulted in me arriving at the venue too late, missing their set. So very unsatisfying. Not this time.

In fact, I arrived at C'est What a little earlier than expected which provided me with enough time to consume a well-deserved micro-brewed beer from the delicious taps of C'est What while Imaginary Cities completed their set. I saw Imaginary Cities at The Mod Club earlier in the week, and they were good, but they sounded even better in tight confines of C'est What; the sound was mixed amazingly well and the small room was packed.

In the short break between sets, the room breathed out a slew of people and then sucked back in a mostly different group for The Details. The eight song set list was about half older and half newer songs, including the stand-out track "The Original Mark" from Lost Art, and a few of my favourites from their previous album, such as "A National Anthem" (video below) as well as "Hit Parade" which was used to close out the set.

Jon Plett (vocals, guitar) was responsible for the clean vocals, and along with Keli Martin (bass), Sean Vidal (guitar), and Shaun Gibson (drums), performed with earnestness and the occasional smile. Their visual performance wasn't mind-blowing, but the compositions were noticeable amazing, some of which were adjusted for the stage. I always appreciate that — it adds a few surprises for people (like me) who already know and love their music.

This was an incredibly satisfying set from an excellent independent band, and perfect complement to the Pavement concert that was still fresh in my mind.

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