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Acres Of Lions at Hard Luck Bar

Acres of Lions at Hard Luck Bar
Acres Of Lions
Hard Luck Bar in Toronto, ON
May 3, 2013

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

The west-coast act brought solid indie rock to their latest Toronto visit, no frills and no gimmicks.

Acres Of Lions

In the most recent couple of their seven years together, I've seen Vancouver's Acres Of Lions doing their best never to neglect Toronto. And, while Sticky missed their stint in the city during CMW's latest incarnation, we managed to get a little luckier this month as we joined a load of fans following the 4-piece to Hard Luck Bar, where they sat on a triple bill alongside Thunderhawks and, more notably, actor Frankie Muniz's serious-face rock band, Kingsfoil.

On a bill alongside a curiosity like Malcolm in the Middle on a drumset (we weren't around long enough to see how that part of the night panned out), a band could easily blend into the build-up, but Acres Of Lions did their best to make their mark on the crowd, successfully. Supporting Home(s) (the latest of their three studio releases) the boys were plenty alive on stage, engaging and full of action.

By no means was everyone there to see Kingsfoil, of course, and plenty came to see Acres Of Lions alone (judging by the folks that clearly knew the tracks as the band fired them out), but more impressive was the band's ability to win over the ones that started out looking like they didn't know who the hell Acres Of Lions even are. Despite the thousand negative things that can be said about an all-ages crowd, they're rarely short on enthusiasm at an indie show like this, and Acres of Lions definitely capitalized on that excitement with a performance mirroring the energy coming in waves from the floor.

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