Concerts Concerts CMF 2013: Chvrches and DIANA at Mod Club

CMF 2013: Chvrches and DIANA at Mod Club

Chvrches at Mod Club
Chvrches
DIANA
Virgin Mobile Mod Club in Toronto, ON
March 20, 2013

Review by: Laura Eley
Photos by: Allison Janzen

Pleasant was the word of the night as Chvrches and DIANA took the Mod Club’s CMW stage on Wednesday.

Chvrches

Jam-packed with an eager crowd, Glasgow’s own electropop trio Chvrches brought an audibly pleasing performance akin to the recent surge of heavily synthesized beats and ethereal female vocals à la Purity Ring. Slow but steady to build up and confident on stage, lead vocalist Lauren Mayberry cooed beautifully along to softly strewn harmonies created by band mates Iain Cook and Martin Doherty.

Mixing an industrial sound with just enough delicacy and a surprisingly low level of strobe lights, Chvrches offered a sweet electronic sound and humble onstage presence. Marking the last stop of their North American tour, the Scots were humble and appreciative of the crowd’s attention.

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DIANA

Hopping on stage before Chvrches was Toronto’s DIANA, a four piece group that creates slow, synthy beats and a cool lounge sound. Equipped with the sultry vocals of lead vocalist Carmen Elle, they gave a comfortable, early ‘80s vibe performance that was punched up by the shrill notes of a saxophone. Primarily dreamy and looping, their set had a soothing effect, but at times became a little too languid. If one’s in the mood for a Quaalude-without-taking-Quaaludes experience, this could be it.

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