Concerts Concerts CMF 2013: The Strumbellas and Poor Young Things

CMF 2013: The Strumbellas and Poor Young Things

Strumbellas at The Horseshoe Tavern
Poor Young Things, The Strumbellas

The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
March 21, 2013

Review by: Melissa Adamson
Photos by: Amanda Fotes

The Strumbellas and Poor Young Things delivered high-energy performances to their local crowd, for a night packed with plenty of other well-known Toronto bands including Great Bloomers and Teenage Kicks.

The Strumbellas

The Strumbellas are a six-piece country rock band that lace hints of gospel and punk into their foot stomping, hand clapping sound. That contrasting description is a positive one, and just as off-beat as Simon Ward’s (lead vocals, guitar) rambunctious energy and flirty crowd banter. Ward bounced around the stage in his bare feet throughout the set and the crowd matched his liveliness with dancing at the front of the stage (also dubbed the place to “freak out and lose your mind, “by the band). Though Ward sometimes lost control of his vocals in the excitement, the patchiness was easy to overlook because of the group’s collective energy and strong background vocals. The band has received a lot of attention and were just nominated for a Juno Award, but as Ward casually joked, “we don’t like to talk about it, if JUNO what I mean.”

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Poor Young Things

Poor Young Things delivered their own brand of energy with three guitars and Matt Fratpietro’s strong gravelly vocals. Fratpietro’s rasp is reminiscent of Peter Van Helvoort of Teenage Kicks, who were also on the bill for the night. But, while Teenage Kicks delivers a strong and gritty rock performance, Poor Young Things are softer and focus more on the pop hooks in their song writing. Their songs are upbeat, but their stage presence unfortunately didn’t quite match. However, what they lacked in stage energy they made up for in powerful sound. The highlight of the night was their cover of MGMT’s "Electric Feel".

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