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Nothing Sour at the Sweet Thing Album Release Show

Sweet Thing at the Mod Club
Sweet Thing
The Mod Club in Toronto, Ontario
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Review by: Natalia Buia
Photos by: Amanda Fotes

You know you’re on the path to success when your first album release show sells out quickly.

Sweet Thing

Sweet Thing got a warm welcome from a mix of young and old music enthusiasts at The Mod Club. As they opened with their first hit single off their self-titled album, “Dance Mother”, more and more hips started to shake. Contrary to what the lyrics say, everyone did want to “dance, mother fucker”. Dressed in his signature frock coat and vintage vest, Owen Carrier is one charming front man, and it’s not solely based on appearance. He, along with the other four members, exude genuine showmanship to leave anyone smiling for miles. It’s evident that stage presence and strong energy are important to these Toronto pop rockers. The band continually encouraged everyone to keep clapping along to their radio friendly songs. The band doesn’t get enough credit for being so involved with the crowd.

In the middle of “Winter Night”, bubbles filled the venue and later on during their last song, “Kite Fight”, balloons and beach balls were encouraged to be played with by the band. Although it sounds silly, it made for a more relaxed, easy atmosphere. After all, who doesn’t feel like they’re on vacation when listening to Sweet Thing? Carrier must have been into the gift of giving because tambourines were also handed out to the front of the crowd as they finished up their set.

Their finest performance of the evening, according to the noise level from the crowd, was during “Change of Seasons”. Not a single person wasn’t jumping with hands in the air as the band chanted their “da da da da”s on cue, and Carrier kept hitting his decorative tambourine.

Another stellar performance was “Lazy Susan”. Carrier’s vocals never sounded more sharp and his dance moves never looked so effortless. Nick Rose's and Alex Winter's guitars were rich in sound and as always, Morgan Waters and his funky bass made use of the entire stage. Just like in the past interview, Waters was dubbed the comic relief of the night. “We’re from Toronto but I know we look like we’re from Europe with our haircuts and tight pants... and baguettes.”

The high pitched chorus to “Lazy Susan” that begins with “who’s gonna love you baby, who’s gonna love you now?” was very reminiscing of The Bee Gees or The Beach Boys. Watching them play that night was a clear indication that Sweet Thing has what it takes to be on the same level as such classic, poppy bands. “Lazy Susan” blended itself beautifully into a quick rendition of “The Edge Of Seventeen” by Stevie Nicks, further proving that these young fellows never forget their favourite oldies.

What’s also likable about Sweet Thing is that they can tell what’s a good song or not, and aren’t ashamed to admit it. It’s probably why they decided to also include a heavier rock cover of “Love Lockdown” by Kanye West (a more modern song than the ones they’ve covered in the past (i.e. “Man Eater” by Hall & Oates). As far as I’m concerned, it’s better than the original. Kanye can go cry and write a blog about it.

The encore included a surprising acoustic song sung primarily by Rose. It’s a song he said was a new one. If the band’s true goal was to have everyone anxious for their next Toronto show, I think they’ve accomplished just that.

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