Widowspeak in Toronto

October 18, 2015 at 2:39 pm (Uncategorized)

It’s odd to go to a concert on a Sunday night. Odder when that Sunday is the day before (Canadian) Thanksgiving. Still, eighty or so souls made the trek down to the Silver Dollar to see self-described country-grunge artists Widowspeak make their return to Toronto.

Opening band Beams played a mix of folk and pop numbers (including a Kate Bush cover!) and ended their set rocking out. One to see again.

Widowspeak came on stage about 10:30. The two-piece from Brooklyn were expanded into a full band for their stage set. If you’ve listened to the records, the band wears its influences on its sleeve, Mazzy Star, the Cowboy Junkies and dream pop most prominently. Lots of twang and reverb thrown into the mix allowed the band to cast a spell over the club, especially during the guitar driven final song. Hypnotizing.

I’m also going to disagree with Matt Williams’ assessment of the show in Now Magazine. While Williams gave the show a positive review, he argued that the band had to battle a “chatty and drunk” crowd. From where I was sitting, this wasn’t the case. The audience responded to the band, but didn’t seem disinterested. Granted, it was difficult to make out much Molly Hamilton said though.

Cool noise. No encore though.

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