Soundtrack Of the City - Day 2 : For those about to Rock...

Day two of Music City North’s Soundtrack Of The City festival found us back at our adopted home, Cherry Colas, ready for a curious mixture of new starters, established artists and those in between. Our pre gig research had highlighted that Toronto’s DLV, who comprise of Adam (Guitar), Cole (Vox), Sasha (Vox) and DJ DC (Decks/Vox), would be well worth seeing and we were right. From the opening number ‘Chinatown’ it was clear that DLV were going to enjoy their set, with some tremendous harmony lead vocals and stellar lead guitar playing evident. A heavier vibe followed with ‘Heels Up’, but the band changed gear with the soulful ‘Hold Me’, which introduced a rap section courtesy of DJ DC. The great vocals/rap continued with a poignant and haunting ‘Breaking Dawn’ and this was followed by the infectiously catchy ‘Save You’. A great 60’s guitar riff and offset vocals epitomised ‘King Shit’, which left the closer ‘I’ll Wait’ showing the same great lead vocals the set started with and left us wanting more. Talented, energetic and with a great future, go and see DLV as you as you can.

Syn Brit Rating: 4/5

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Website: DLV
Twitter: @therealDLV
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Angel


By now it was clear that a busy Cherry Cola’s was going to be packed for The Wild with Dylan Villain (Lead guitar/Vox), Pistol Pete (Rhythm guitar), Lucas 'Boozus' (Bass/Vox) and & Rowdy Rick Riegs (Drums) from Kelowna, B.C. getting an enthusiastic reception. Not that they needed any help, but the delivery of a high intensity rock and roll set saw them open with a great blues intro for ‘Roadhouse’ and a high level of energy that continued throughout the set. By the second song ‘Rattlesnake Shake’, the entire band were into it, with a drum solo part way through ‘Stab The Cat’, which also featured backing vocals, which added yet another dimension to the overall delivery. ‘Deuces’ saw some great lad guitar and this was followed the new single ‘Slow Burn’ was next, which is a brooding monster of a tune. A synchronised head bang on stage mid song during ‘Banger’ summed up the mood of the audience, which was followed by the bluesy ‘What About You’ and the pace increased as the band tore into ‘Straight To Hell’. The set closed with a storming delivery of ‘Party 'Til You're Dead’, which was in keeping with the hard working set the band delivered. Seriously, if you like your rock n’ roll in your face, dirty and at the speed of a bullet, do not miss this band.

Syn Brit Rating: 4/5

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Website: The Wild
Twitter: @TheWild_Band
You Tube: Party Like You're Dead


OK, when the undercard throw down the gauntlet the way they had tonight, you had better be ready and One Bad Son through Shane Volk (Vox), Adam Hicks (Guitar),, Adam Grant (Bass) and Kurt Dahl (Drums) from Saskatoon, were all that and more. From themed intro music into the brooding opener, ‘Year Of The Wolf’, then onto the soaring vocals in ‘Red Cloud’, this band had come to rock. The title track from the new album and new single ‘Black Buffalo’ was next with its melodic vocals and free jam mid-way through, which framed a superb song and matching delivery. An earlier hit single, ‘Scarecrows’, dedicated to Doug Elliot from 94.4 The Rock followed and this led into a full on rampant version of Talking Heads ‘Psycho Killer’, which had a ram packed Cherry Colas jumping. A nice lead intro opened the first single from the new album, ‘Satellite Hotel’ had the crowd engaged in a shout-a-long, not that they needed any encouragement. The closer ‘Retribution Blues’ is another storming tune and OBS left the stage with the crowd baying for more. Comparisons with other rock bands are always easy, but OBS are what it says on the tin, a very good rock n’ roll band, end of.
 
Syn Brit Rating: 4/5

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Website: One Bad Son
Twitter: @OneBadSon
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Black Buffalo


Readers of this site will know that we’ve seen Last Bullet a few times before. The band are Bryan Fontez (Vocals), Brenden Armstrong (Lead Guitar/Vox), Michael Silva (Rythymn Guitar), Will Shannon (Bass), Christopher Galaz (Drums) and are a rock n’ roll band from Toronto. The challenge for all Toronto bands is to build an audience familiar with your set, then change it. Last Bullet’s 13 song set included no less than six unreleased songs and two covers, but which opened to a very good crowd with ‘Runnin’ Out Of Time’, using maximum reverb on the lead vocals and was followed by ‘Jet’, with its power chords to the fore. ‘Bright Lights’ followed with a slow build leading to a great lead break and the first cover, ‘Vasoline’ (Stone Temple Pilots) was next. More material in the form of ‘Southern Lips’ and ‘Smoke and Ashes’ leading into the no holds barred rock n’ roll of ‘Sin’, which showed exactly how tight a band Last Bullet are when in full flow. Even more new material in ‘Heart on Your Sleeve’, which probably sums up the band’s attitude and ‘Keep Your Head Up’ were next, before they returned to more familiar ground with ‘State of Confusion’. Arguably their best song ‘Forget the Rest’ had the crowd singing and a nice dedication to a long term fan, from their first EP, saw ‘Rock Til’ We Die’ performed prior to the closer ‘Jailhouse Rock’ (Elvis). Overall a good set, with all of the usual edge you’d expect from Last Bullet, but if the band are moving forward then ‘Girls Gone Wild’ would have been a great add instead of one of the covers.

SynBrit Rating: 3/5

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Website: Last Bullet
Twitter: @lastbulletmusic
You Tube:
Forget The Rest

Until next time…… The Moose
DLV

DLV

The Wild

The WIld

One Bad Son

One Bad Son


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