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Dinosaur Bones and Make Your Exit Pack In The Fans

Make Your Exit at Steam Whistle Brewing
Make Your Exit, Dinosaur Bones
Steam Whistle Brewing in Toronto, Ontario
March 5, 2010

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

Before Canadian Music Week descended upon Toronto, Make Your Exit and Dinosaur Bones performed as part of the Steam Whistle UNSIGNED Indie Music Series.

I'm guessing the venue at Steam Whistle Brewing holds about 500 people, and the bands playing that night managed to seriously pack the place. There were pockets in the room where the crowd was so dense that it was difficult to move. Concert going regulars were everywhere and there was a high proportion of music industry people present, including many other bands/musicians, in addition to people from multiple record labels. Apparently, it was the place to be that Friday.

Make Your Exit

I've been keeping track of Make Your Exit for over a year now as they developed from what was initially a band with a few nice ideas to what they are today: An independent band that has taken those ideas and formed them into stronger indie-rock compositions. There's been a few line-up changes over that time, the most recent being the addition of Robbie Butcher on the drum kit. Butcher is an incredible rock drummer who has slightly adjusted his style to fit really nicely with the musical style of the band. Jeff Buckley (vocals, guitar) is sounding great these days, and is back by a band that interacts really well together. At times, influences from Broken Social Scene can be heard, but their compositions and on-stage behaviour are very much their own.

Dinosaur Bones

Dinosaur Bones continues to grow their fan base through songs like "N.Y.E"., "Royalty", and "Ice Hotels" along with really good live performances. The band recently released "Ice Hotels" with a re-recorded version of "Royalty" on 7" vinyl, an item that appeared to be selling well at the merch table that night. They played as energetically as ever, or perhaps even a little extra, given the fact that Dave Wickland (keyboards) knocked over one of his keyboards while rocking out. Ben Fox (vocals, guitar) draws most of the attention, but since Branko Scekic (bass) can be a bit of a wild card, heads turn in his direction fairly regularly. It was a strong set, but didn't quite achieve the crazy level of band/audience connection they've managed to achieve at smaller venues, like at the end of the set I managed to catch in February 2009 at Sneeky Dee's. Still, it was a really fun night, and it was good to see them playing to that size of audience.

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Music: N.Y.E.
Video: Ice Hotels

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