Concerts Concerts CMF 2012: Tribes, Wildlife, and Dirty Mags at Lee's Palace

CMF 2012: Tribes, Wildlife, and Dirty Mags at Lee's Palace

Wildlife at Lees Palace
Tribes, Wildlife, The Dirty Mags
Lee's Palace
March 22, 2012

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Amanda Macchia

The Buzz Factor Series rocks Lee's Palace for their CMF showcase.  

Tribes

One of the best (and probably most obvious) sides to city-wide festivals is the chance to be exposed to new music that you might never have seen otherwise.  Taking in CMW's Thursday schedule, I had the chance to do just that, moving into the modest audience at Lee's Palace to see Camden's Tribes make their first Canadian appearance.

Viewing them with a pretty limited knowledge of their work, Tribes came up solid on-stage, offering tunes reminiscent of what was spinning on my cd player during my formative teenaged years in the late 90's. Strong on the heavy beats and dominant basslines, their music is a study in the balance between what's marketable and what's reputable — plenty of hooks and broadly-palatable writing, but maintaining a certain depth of sound that keeps the guilt at bay when you find yourself humming their tracks the next day. Of course, I'm not the only one that feels this way, which is why they're blowing up back home in the UK, and why their fans were so excited to dance in that audience on Thursday.

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Wildlife

I always find it tough to discuss Wildlife without gushing. Every time they perform, they fortify their position as one of Toronto's top acts, and their time following Tribes didn't break the pattern.

Wildlife's set-list was swollen with tracks from their latest Strike Hard, Young Diamond, but offered up some work from the wayside (as well as some talent from the floor, as they dragged Sticky's very own videographer Brendan McCarney onto the stage to take up percussion). Breaking into their set with "Stand In The Water", they stepped into the first notes with a level of energy that seemed completely unsustainable. And yet, it somehow didn't slack off until they laid down their instruments. In buckets of sweat, their party on stage quickly spilled to the floor, keeping the crowd dancing during what was definitely one of the most fiery shows of the week.

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The Dirty Mags

While this writer's bed was finally making an offer I just couldn't refuse, our photographer Amanda still had plenty of party left in her, and stayed around long after me to catch The Dirty Mags on stage.

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