Photos Concerts CMF 2011: Thursday at Sneaky Dee's

CMF 2011: Thursday at Sneaky Dee's

Brett Caswell at Sneaky Dee's
Charlotte Cornfield, Brett Caswell & the Marquee Rose, Teenage Kicks, Hands & Teeth
Sneaky Dee's in Toronto, ON
Thursday, March 10, 2011

Photos by: Amanda Fotes
Teenage Kicks Review by: Allyssia Alleyne

Photos of Charlotte Cornfield, Brett Caswell & the Marquee Rose, Teenage Kicks and Hands & Teeth at Sneaky Dee's in Toronto, as part of Audio Blood's CMF showcase, on March 10, 2011.

Charlotte Cornfield

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Brett Caswell & the Marquee Rose

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Teenage Kicks

Peter Van Helvoort, lead singer of Teenage Kicks, has been quoted as saying, "We're not very cool, we never have been." I call bullshit.

The guys in Teenage Kicks are just like those cool seniors in high school, aside from the fact that they're actually going places. They're hip without trying, they're fun without being showy, and crowds of admirers surround them. In this case, fans packed tight against the stage have replaced needy freshmen watching from afar.

The band is excited throughout their set and it shows. The bassist is grinning broadly! They move around the stage! They jump around! It's refreshing to see a band so wholeheartedly enthusiastic about performing. To keep the running analogy going, they clearly aren’t too cool for school.

Their excitement is contagious. People cheer loudly and start moving their hips and shoulders, the only sort of dancing the space can accommodate.

The music isn't half bad either. Teenage Kicks is one of few bands that I've heard that sound better live than they do on their album, so it was a pleasure to listen to them. They’re soul-heavy rock 'n' roll sound is restrained enough to keep it listenable. I especially enjoyed Peter van Helvoort's raspy vocals. Again, much better live than recorded.

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Hands & Teeth

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