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Celebrating the Season With a Not-So-Silent Night

The Coppertone at The Garrison
Young Rival
The Coppertone, Sandman Viper Command
The Garrison
December 15, 2011

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Pete Nema

New Noise Live helps Toronto usher in the holidays.

Young Rival

As the headliners for New Noise Live's Not-So-Silent Night, Young Rival probably found themselves feeling some pressure as they spent this past Thursday in front of a packed house at The Garrison. Being a band that has done plenty of support recently for some successful groups, it might've been a bit daunting to shift their weight back to the top of the bill. Luckily, with the acts they followed packing a massive punch, it didn't take much for the trio to get the audience in motion. But, as it turned out, Young Rival could have easily handled the burden of a bored crowd that night, with their rolling, raw sound stirring up a frenzy like bait in a shark tank.

The gritty young rockers were all energy on stage, performing tracks like "The Ocean" in a blaze that spread through the room in the band's typical fashion; Young Rival's shows are a party, and they let loose as if there are no eyes on them. On Thursday, though, all eyes were front, because, over and above their wild way on the stage, their talent for heavy, streamlined beach rock never once came up short under the spotlight. 

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The Coppertone

Stepping up before Young Rival, The Coppertone took the stage last week as a three-piece act — two pieces greater than most would expect, since the project is best known to be the work of one Amanda Zelina

At first glance, you might expect something soft and ultra-feminine coming by way of Zelina, who carried herself with a certain slow grace when she took the stage, while an uncomfortable amount of male fans rushed forward for a full set of Blackberry photos. But, to this newcomers' surprise, the fiery-haired lead has a voice to match, belting with a bluesy-rock flair that she effortlessly accented by some stunning guitar work.

Because of that surprising strength from the enigmatic lead, it wouldn't be a shock to see the rest of the band buried under her weight. But, no matter how the act might be defined on paper, The Coppertone brought plenty of strength in numbers on Thursday. Drums, bass, guitar, and vocals were all on par to deliver bold, heavy work from every corner of the stage — work that kept the audience enthralled long after the set came to an end.

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Sandman Viper Command

Like the acts that followed them, Burlington's Sandman Viper Command showed no slack on stage as they kicked off Thursday's show. The group has an undeniably youthful edge to their sound, but it's strengthened by a certain comfort in their performance that gives their spirited live show an extra jolt. On a night that was defined by its raw rock feel, Sandman Viper Command's high-energy garage rock was the perfect catalyst.

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