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Sweet Thing Charm Fans & Blow Eardrums

Sweet Thing at Horseshoe Tavern
Sweet Thing
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario
June 30, 2010

Review by: Whitney Pineault
Photos by: Pete Nema

With Canada Day's arrival a mere hour or so away, Toronto's own Sweet Thing, along with many friends and fans, eagerly ushered in our nation's birthday at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern.

Sweet Thing

Though still relatively unknown, the energetic five-piece, who have had their music featured on prominent television series The Vampire Diaries and Private Practice, successfully coaxed the packed crowd into the palm of their hand and held tight without any intention of letting go.

From the very beginning Sweet Thing displayed an impressive amount of vitality and charm. The audience had no trouble dancing along to their catchy, well-crafted songs and seemed quite eager to do so. Musically, the band is incredibly versatile; switching it up between pop, a little bit of blues, and even jazz. Lead singer Owen Carrier, with his swoon-worthy vocals, alluring character, and polished 60's style (think That Thing You Do), may just be the most charismatic frontman in Canadian rock today.

A clear crowd favourite was the infectious single "Dance Mother", which is currently available for free via Sweet Thing's official website. The song has this strange ability to make you want to dance like a complete idiot and not care the slightest bit about the person in the back giving you the stink eye. "Change Of Seasons", a track that appeared on the band's 2006 self-released EP was also heavily favoured. In fact, it was so well received that I thought it might have been a cover that I just didn't recognize. The song really showcases the band well and features some really wonderful harmonies by guitarist/vocalist Nick Rose and drummer Tyler Kyte, both of whom have solo records under their belts. One thing I do know for sure is their rendition of "Maneater" (Hall & Oates, not Nelly Furtado) was fantastic — almost a little too fantastic.

Although the sound seemed to be absurdly loud for such a modestly sized venue, watching Sweet Thing perform was a real thrill. As their set drew to a close, Carrier exited the stage while the rest of the band continued to keep the momentum going. The audience gladly welcomed another couple of songs before bathing the band in cheers and applause. Their skillful musicianship and blazing chemistry was truly inspiring. This is undoubtedly only the beginning of what Sweet Thing has up their sleeve.

The band is set to release their full-length debut album this summer on August 17. Tour dates have yet to be announced but be sure to keep an eye out — they are far too sweet not to.

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