The Drake Underground in Toronto, ON
May 2, 2012
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
All I really knew about Alcoholic Faith Mission is that after their performance at Rancho Relaxo during Canadian Music Week in 2011, everyone seemed to be telling me that was it one of the stand-out sets of the festival.
So now it's 2012 and only just a few hours before their show at The Drake, I made the decision to head out to see them perform. You never know what you're going to get, but this was one of those times that I'm so glad I made it there.
It turns out that Alcoholic Faith Mission is a six piece band based out of Copenhagen, Denmark. It seems that Canada and Denmark share some musical affinity because, based on much of their music, it would have been easy to assume they were from Canada. It's difficult for me to come up with good comparisons, but if forced, I might say they sounded a bit like mix between Metric and Arcade Fire, but with other folk-list aspects that I can't place.
Kristine Permild (vocals, keyboard) has so much passion expressed through an extremely wide range of facial expressions that it was difficult to take my eyes off her. Although this mid-week crowd was probably calmer than the late-night show-goers they had during CMW 2011, she didn't let it phase her, and she danced, sang, and played the night away.Thorben Seierø Jensen (vocals, guitar) sings with force when the song requires it and pulls back for their gentler tunes, is also great fun to watch, as well as very personable between songs. Subtle horns flank many of the compositions and add both mood and texture to their songs.
It turns out Canada is the only country in the world in which Alcoholic Faith Mission has released a compilation album, called Dim Light From Above, and they have a new album entitled Ask Me This that was just released on May 11th, available now on iTunes.