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CMF 2011: The (Musical) Best Friends Club

Bravestation at Sneaky Dee's
CMF 2011: The (Musical) Best Friends Club
Bravestation, Dora Alexander
Toronto, ON
March 11, 2011

Review by: Allyssia Alleyne
Photos by: Amanda Fotes

I was only able to catch two shows on Friday, March 11, but I’m glad they were these two. Bravestation and Dora Alexander—who are friends in real life!—put on two different but equally good performances.

Bravestation @ Sneaky Dee's

I always love watching Bravestation perform. They’re like an indie band with mainstream fans.

I spent a majority of the set dodging the fists and beer bottles that were flying as drunken audience members flailed about in what might have been dancing. I feared for my face, but I had to admire their enthusiasm. When the band had trouble getting their levels right (which was the case most of the night), some fans would yell out suggestions like, "Turn up the vocals!" or "More treble!" I’m not sure if the band took them seriously, but they did seem to appreciate the feedback. But the best moments weren't when the fans were helping or threatening the well-being of others, but instead when they were all singing along with the band loudly enough to overpower the lead singer.

Oh, and they performed admirably, as usual. Their contemporary New Wave, synth-rock sound is easy to like in spite of its eerie undertones, and their humble but never understated stage demeanours made you want to hug them after the set and ask to be their best friends. A great show overall, which is typical for Bravestation

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Dora Alexander @ Rancho Relaxo

The band members of Dora Alexander aren't overt performers, but their subdued performance fits their ambient rock sound. They're laid-back, but never boring. In fact, it was pretty interesting watching them create sounds with their instruments that somehow seemed synthesized.

The band did spend some time between songs trying to fix technical difficulties. I didn't notice some of the more subtle problems that they tried to adjust because of one particularly excited fan who was screaming in my ear, but I did notice the feedback. It didn’t take much away from the performance, however.

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