Jarek and Max
Bovine Sex Club in Toronto, ON
July 18, 2012
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
My current musical obsession is with the new Toronto band Trouble & Daughter and their recently released EP.
Trouble & Daughter
Playing their very first show under the name Trouble & Daughter to a rambunctious crowd at the Bovine Sex Club on a Wednesday night, the trio of James Mascola (vocals), Jenni Pleau (vocals), and John Doherty (guitar, vocals) creates folk-country rock sound that is amazingly rich in vocals. Doherty, also known as Jonny D previously of illScarlett, may seem like an unlikely candidate for providing the majority of music that is the backdrop to the beautiful vocal interplay between James and Jenni, but he does an incredible job. The EP itself contains additional instrumentation provided by good friends, and something that I'd like to see on stage; but even without the additional instruments, the songs came across full and alive on the stage of the Bovine.
On the independently-produced EP, Jenni displays a wide range with her vocals, something that is not lost in a live setting — if anything her vocals sounded better in concert. The compositions rely heavily on the presence and harmonies generated between James and Jenni, with James revealing at least a couple of different singing styles. The contrast can be heard between "More Than Looks" and "The Lucky Ones", two of my favourite tracks from their EP (and also in the list of my favourites for this year so far).
Three of their songs have been constantly playing in the back of my mind, awake or asleep, since seeing them perform at the Bovine. I'm hoping that there will be plenty of opportunities to see Trouble & Daughter playing in Toronto over the next little while, not just for me, but so that everyone else can experience the start of something that has an exceptional amount of promise.
Jarek and Max
Opening the night was Jarek Hardy (of The Johnstones) and his friend Max Off (of Mean Tangerine) playing some original material.