Concerts Concerts CMF 2012: The Darcys, Zeus, Dan Mangan

CMF 2012: The Darcys, Zeus, Dan Mangan

Zeus at Horseshoe Tavern
The Darcys, Zeus, Dan Mangan
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
March 23, 2012

Review by: Amanda Macchia
Photos by: Pete Nema

The CMW Arts & Crafts showcase was held on Friday night at the Horseshoe Tavern. Featuring seven acts including Eight and a Half, newcomers Gold & Youth, The Darcys, Zeus, and secret (or not so secret) guest Dan Mangan, the entire evening stood out as concrete evidence of Toronto’s homegrown musical talent.

The Darcys

Recently back from a long North American tour in which they played alongside bands like Bombay Bicycle Club and Arkells, The Darcys said they were glad to be home and it felt like it. The energy emitted throughout the duration of their set almost had a tangible presence and the movements between songs and tempo changes were tighter than ever. The energy culminated as The Darcys flew through their set in their typical passionate, yet composed manner, which began to peak at the first hint of the dissonant opening notes of "Shaking Down the Old Bones." The song encapsulates all of The Darcys' finest elements – unorthodox rhythms, haunting vocal layering, and what has now become a signature line: "stop thinking like a millionaire."

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Zeus

As for Zeus, enough cannot be said. It feels as though it was only yesterday that the four-piece, then little-known, was featured on the cover of Now Magazine and were being proclaimed as the 20th century's answer to The Band. Although the comparison still holds true, don't write Zeus off as a band lost in the past. They have mastered the balance between rock influences of yesteryear and modern innovation, and have made it almost impossible to pinpoint an era where their creatively brewed music could have existed other than today. Their new material proved to be just as beloved by the unstill crowd as their last LP's, most notably their newest single "Are You Gonna Waste My Time?" which features a perfectly-placed cowbell solo, and "Love In A Game" which bleeds with pain, tight falsettos, and clean, Beatles-esque harmonies. They are a pack of local musicians that still remember what a guitar solo should sound like, and there are clearly enough music fans that wouldn't dare disagree.

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Dan Mangan

"Surprise" guest Dan Mangan closed out the late night seemingly surrounded by an aura of love being emitted from a multitude of wide-eyed women in the audience (as well as a few of the men). His charismatic performance garnered lots of singing along and an abundance of smiles. The singer played out full set that included a bit of crowd surfing, personable banter, and even an acoustic number from a chair among the crowd.

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