Concerts Concerts CMF 2012: Teenage Kicks, ALX, and Uncle Bad Touch at The Garrison

CMF 2012: Teenage Kicks, ALX, and Uncle Bad Touch at The Garrison

Teenage Kicks at The Garrison
Teenage Kicks
ALX, Uncle Bad Touch
The Garrison in Toronto, ON
March 24, 2012

Photos and review by: Amanda Macchia

The Garrison was packed with acts from all over the musical spectrum on the Saturday night of CMW as crowds gathered for the third installment of Young Lions Music Club’s Artist Select Series, featuring guest DJ and host Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene).

ALX

Early on in the night, ALX, the new electronic pop group of Toronto’s Allie Hughes, played what was the band’s second set under the newly named project. Hughes proved once again that a big budget isn’t required to achieve a dramatic and theatrical performance. And, although she wasn’t enacting a prom or a wedding as she often did in her solo shows, Hughes continued to demonstrate that she still possesses the perfect balance of stage antics and vocal talent in order to deliver the band’s new synth-filled pop songs in the most entertaining way. Even when a technical problem caused all instruments to cut out during ALX’s final number, Hughes laughed off the issue and proceeded to perform “I Will Love You More” nearly a cappella, alongside nothing but drums.

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Uncle Bad Touch

Uncle Bad Touch was also a stand-out act of the night. Although the Montreal trio’s lo-fi throwback rock seemed somewhat out of place in this particular line-up, their reverb-induced tracks powered by heavy bass lines and coated with clean guitar licks was ultimately refreshing and threw a welcomed curveball to the crowd.

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Teenage Kicks

The end of the night brought the more traditional (but no less heavy) Teenage Kicks. Their new take on the hard rock genre has grown into an instantly identifiable sound for the now five-piece band, and anyone who has seen Teenage Kicks grow over the years is sure to say that they have develop into one of the tightest and most original bands in our city.

Lead Peter Van Helvoort was at the top of his game vocally and demonstrated his passion by repeatedly thrusting his microphone stand into the venue’s ceiling and wrapping the band’s set up by thrusting himself into his drummer and kit in true rock n’ roll fashion. Because the drums were no longer in playing condition after that dramatic display, the encore featured Van Helvoort singing a song solo with just an electric guitar. Luckily there were no acts to follow - that would have been a tough one.

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