Sex Dwarf, Ambisonic
Maxwell's in Waterloo, ON
June 30, 2012
The Hideout in Toronto, ON
June 27, 2012
Review by: Verity Doktor
Photos by: Verity Doktor, Pete Nema
Maxwell's Music House in Waterloo is an intimate venue with a relaxed feel, featuring local and not-so-local talent. It was there that Kitchener's very own Vacuity held their hometown release concert for their new album The Black Hour.
Vacuity is comprised of Paul McGough on the bass, Greg Osborn on lead guitar, Emeri Schweigert on drums, and lead Rob McFee on the guitar, keyboard, and vocals. Aside from the stage show itself, the show also featured parts of a matchstick town that Paul McGough constructed out of over 15,000 matchsticks and hot glue. It will be featured in the filming of a new music video, when they plan to ignite it and burn it to the ground (can't wait for that one).
To say that they lived up to their name would be an outright lie. Vacuity was anything but empty or lacking in thought. But live up to their reputation, they certainly did. They played a solid set, heavy with feeling, while cinematographer Jamie Usas projected live digital video of the band along with images inspired by the music onto the screen behind them. Although this added atmosphere to the concert, it detracted somewhat from the band itself. The show left me wishing I'd experienced a bit more of their individual personalities and the thought process involved in creating their intense and compelling music.
With their complex compositions, great vocals, and cerebral music, I hope to be back for their next concert.
Vacuity at Maxwell's, Waterloo
Vacuity at The Hideout, Toronto
Sex Dwarf opened for Vacuity, and were, in short, a great experience. Their chatter between songs was entertaining and although I hadn't heard their music before I couldn't stop myself from dancing (well, as much as you can whilst taking pictures) to their entire set.