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CMW 2010: We Are The City at the El Mocambo

We Are The City at El Mocambo
We Are The City
El Mocambo in Toronto, Ontario
March 11, 2010

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

Although I spent most of my Thursday night at the Horseshoe Tavern, I took a short break to run up to the El Mocambo to catch We Are The City, a band based out of Kelowna, BC and in Toronto for the festival.

Their 2009 album, In A Quiet World, is a really good album with a few stand-outs, including the excellent "Astronomers" and curiously amazing "There Are Very Tiny Beasts In The Ground". The three-piece indie-rock band consisting of David Menzel (guitar), Cayne McKenzie (vocals, keyboards), and Andy Huculiak (drums) clearly has some prog-rock influences that are exposed periodically throughout the album. The band recently took home the $150,000 grand prize for winning the Peak Performance Project, a competition held by Vancouver's 100.5 The Peak FM. They competed against over 450 bands, including their West-coast prog-rock peers, Bend Sinister.

Last year during CMW, the band opened for Mother Mother, and returned to Toronto later in the year to play a show at the Rancho Relaxo. Back for CMW again this year, they played as part of the Audio Blood showcase at the El Mocambo. While watching them perform in concert, a couple of the compositions seemed to come out a little messier than what I was expecting from the recordings, but when it got near the end of the set and the band pushed out "There Are Very Tiny Beasts In The Ground", the result was nothing less than spectacular. And during "Astronomers" there was some noticeably excellent action on the keys by Cayne.

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