Amos The Transparent, Magneta Lane, Green Go
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario
March 11, 2010
Review by: Pete Nema
Photos by: Robert Ciolfi, Pete Nema, and Amanda Fotes
The CHARTattack showcases at the Horseshoe Tavern during Canadian Music Week are always amazing, and this year wasn't any different. For 2010, the nights had slightly varied themes, but for each of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, CHARTattack had put together a killer line-up.Thursday night at the Horseshoe started out with Magneta Lane in the opening spot, then Amos The Transparent, followed by Green Go, and included another four bands afterwards (we'll feature Hollerado and The Besnard Lakes in a separate article). Out of the first three, I only managed to be there for Amos The Transparent; however, Sticky Magazine photographer Robert Ciolfi was there and captured both Magenta Lane and Green Go in action as well.
Amos The Transparent
I am no stranger to Amos The Transparent and their beautiful rock, nor am I a stranger to their brain-pleasing stage show. Ever since their incredible showcase during NXNE 2008, I've been out to see and photograph them fairly regularly, and have seen their fan base grow significantly over this time. Many of their biggest fans were there at the Horseshoe, but one of the benefits of the CHARTattack showcase was that there were quite a few people up near the stage that hadn't seen them before. This six piece band works really well together, and are able to craft a set list with appropriate peaks and valleys, pulling these Amos newbies to the stage.
Their recent compositions surpass previous efforts, but even the songs from their 2007 album, Everything I've Forgotten To Forget, have become stronger and better through repeated performances, something that helped them pick up $50,000 from the Big Money Shot contest in Ottawa. For the ending of "Greater Than Consequence" a group of their friends joined them on stage to help belt out the sing-along lyrics "I was meant to go alone." For me, it was another great set, proving why Amos The Transparent remain one of my current favourite independent bands.
Although Sticky Magazine staff did coordinate some of our efforts during CMW to get better coverage, quite a few of us ended up in the audience for Amos The Transparent, including three photographers, which hopefully explains the diversity of photos in this set.
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Magneta Lane were first up for the night, and on quite early — a time that ended up being a little to early for me. I tried to get there to catch the last couple of songs, but my transportation mode didn't quite capitulate.
Jo Vos and I left the Horseshoe before Green Go took the stage so that we could run up to the El Mocambo to catch We Are The City, a band from Vancouver that was in Toronto for the festival. When we returned before Hollerado came on, there were still some good vibes in the room from the electro-indie-dance music that Green Go played. I'm not exactly sure what they did on stage, but people were still smiling and I was told they were excellent. I'll have to get out and see them for myself sometime.