Concerts Concerts A Glimpse Into The Future Courtesy of The Paint Movement and Still Life Still

A Glimpse Into The Future Courtesy of The Paint Movement and Still Life Still

The Paint Movement
The Paint Movement
Still Life Still, Grey Kingdom
The Dakota Tavern in Toronto, ON
January 25, 2011

Review by: Sean McNamara
Photos by: Robert Ciolfi

Those who made it out to the Dakota Tavern on this chilly January evening were treated to an exciting sample of what is to come in 2011 from three distinctly different, yet immensely talented bands.

The Paint Movement

I must confess that going into this evening, I had not known of The Paint Movement. That being said, they are definitely one of those bands that is best to discover at a live show!

Their set, consistent with the other performances, was of mostly new material, soon to be released on an upcoming album. Their sound resembles Broken Social Scene (especially "Faults", which seemed to be the crowd favourite) but with a jazzier feel to it, mostly due to the ever present saxophone. The bass lines have a very funky feel to them, and overall the band has a very upbeat sound.

I had the feeling that a lot of people in the crowd were friends of the 6 members of The Paint Movement that were on stage. Their set had a party atmosphere, especially in such an intimate setting. Even the new songs had people dancing and clapping in response. The Paint Movement have a very original sound, and it will be interesting to see how their new album is received. Their fun, energetic live show is a must see, so keep your eyes peeled for a Toronto return in the near future!

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Still Life Still

As soon as Still Life Still's gear started to be set up on stage, there was a surge forward in the crowd to occupy the empty area at the front of the room. This much beloved East York band have not played any live shows for a while, as they are currently finishing up their much-anticipated second album.

Tonight was a chance for the band to showcase many of the tracks that might be on their new album. Imagine what a new Still Life Still would sound like. Chances are that's pretty much it, however one small detail I noticed about some of the new tracks is that many of them seemed a touch slower and more atmospheric than the majority of their debut album Girls Come To. However, the fantastic musicianship and focus on melody is still the same. There was one small mix up, as one of the new songs had to be re-started after a miscue at the start. This didn't take any of the energy or excitement away form their set though.

It wasn't all new songs, as the front row dancers erupted when Still Life Still kicked off "T-Shirts", a fan favourite from the past. This should be an interesting 2011 for Still Life Still, with a huge fan following and a great new album on the horizon.

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Grey Kingdom

Spencer Burton opened the evening by taking the stage alone and playing songs from his Attack In Black side project Grey Kingdom. The songs seemed focused on heartbreak and loss, and were beautifully arranged, as well as softly sung. A noisy Dakota Tavern crowd was starting to grow in numbers, and unfortunately drowned out a lot of Spencer's music. He seemed mildly annoyed, and between songs commented that if he had something to tell his friends and there was someone playing music on stage, he would just wait quietly until the performance was completed.

For those who could hear the songs, the soft folk melodies were an exciting glimpse of what to expect from the full album, which is due out shortly. On March 11th, Grey Kingdom is back at the Dakota Tavern as part of Canadian Music Week. Get a wristband and check it out!

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