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Another Banner Night with Library Voices

Library Voices at Horseshoe Tavern
Library Voices, Graham Wright
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
October 28, 2011

Reviews by: Lee Fraser, Pete Nema
Photos by: Pete Nema

Library Voices prove yet again that unbelievable energy does not sacrifice sound.

Library Voices

After many visits to our music-filled city, Library Voices still manage to put on a show that catches you off-guard. One song into the set and Carl Johnson (vocals, guitar) was dripping with sweat. For most bands, the opening act joins the headliner on stage for the encore. With Library Voices, why wait? Graham Wright and members of his band were on stage for the third song. 

How do you top guest appearances on the third song? Play a well-done cover for your fifth song. The band capitalized on their musicianship by playing Joe Cocker's "The Letter". Just when you think you're having the best time at the Horseshoe, along comes another pleasant surprise. Coconut cake, anyone? Why not. A little icing on the guitar strings makes no difference to the tight sound and polished performance of this band.

Library Voices are a force to be reckoned with any time they perform here in Toronto, but special note goes out to two individual performances. Paul Gutheil stands on the side of the stage, playing his sax and adding accents with tambourine. Though your eyes are drawn to the incredibly energetic performances of Carl, Eoin Hickey-Cameron (bass) and Brennan Ross (vocals, guitar), it's the well-played sax that really polishes off the sound of this band live. By the same token, Michael Dawson is sheltered by the front stage line-up, yet he masters his board of pedals and magic to embellish so many of the songs that we love.

The added interlude of sax and percussion almost made "Step Off The Map And Float" the highlight of the show until the band emerged to play a three-song encore. "Bookish" is always a crowd-pleaser, and we were also treated to a slightly revised version of "Drinking Games". The last song of the night was John Lennon's "Oh Yoko". By the last chorus, all of the members of Library Voices and Graham Wright's band climbed off the stage and into the audience, leading the singing crowd into a refrain which could still be heard long after the band had climbed back on-stage to make their exit.

Thanks to Library Voices for yet another memorable night out.

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Graham Wright

Graham Wright is best known as one third of the Canadian indie rock outfit, Tokyo Police Club, but he is active in the music community in other ways. He hosts a radio program on CBC Radio 3, participated as part of a project called Novels, and has created two solo albums, the most recent being Shirts vs. Skins released earlier this year.

Shirts vs. Skins is a quirky album, filled with lots of likable songs and mildly amusing lyrics. In concert, the music comes across with more power and sounds less offbeat, translating well to a live setting. His performance was easy-going, fun, and the songs he chose for the set all seemed to be played with mastery, especially my favourite from the album, "Soviet Race" (right-click below to download for free).

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Music: Soviet Race

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