Soundtrack Of the City - Day 3 : No Hiding Place......

Saturday night saw us back at The Hideout to see four new bands as part of Music City North’s Soundtrack Of The City festival. Thanks to the TTC, we arrived during Low Orbit’s first song, ‘International Bass Station’ to find ourselves in the middle of a sonic assault with Angelo Catenaro (Guitar/Vox), Joe Grgic (Bass) and Emilio Mammone (Drums) in full flow. The next track was ‘Witch King’, full of Sabbath and Hawkwind influences and this was followed by great reverb vocals throughout ‘Grove of The Titans’. As a refreshing change Low Orbit are not concerned about playing longer songs and ‘Angel Lust’ was one of these featuring a great soaring lead break, matching vocals and space effects galore, truly exceptional. That only left ‘Starships and Monoliths’ to close a set far too early in our opinion. One more song……

Syn Brit rating: 4/5

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Witch King


When your Facebook site describes the music you play as Rock/Alternative/Indie Blues/Metal, then there’s a lot of ground to cover. In addition, when you’re also playing as a four piece for the first time from the original trio, then you could be excused for some nerves, that wasn’t the case with Toronto based Plaid On Flannel, whose members are, Nolan Randall (Guitar/Vox), Les Cassling (Bass), Em Jay (Keyboards/Vox) and Adi Taylor (Drums/Vox). Opening with ‘Competition’, straight from the sound check, it was clear that great harmonies and good keyboard riffs would be a dominant theme throughout their set and this was born out with ‘What’s Real’, a pop tune, which also featured some nice lead guitar. The lead guitar was dominant once more for ‘Something on Your Mind’, which also contained a very catchy chorus. A Bicycles cover, ‘The Rambler’ was next with a higher pitched vocal that wasn’t out of place. As the time remaining to the end of the set appeared to move ‘Potential’ was played with great keyboard support for the lead vocals and the harmony choruses continued through ‘Maybe’. They closed with ‘Maybe’, but if this is the first time as a four piece, we’d like to see them again.

Syn Brit rating: 3/5

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Website: Plaid On Flannel
Twitter @PlaidOnFlannel
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Go The Distance (Live)


Every now and again, the fact that the band members have known each other for some time comes through and that was the case with Burlington’s Grand Line, who are, Dave Featherstone (Guitar/Vox), Dan Mercuri (Guitar/Vox), Demi Mavridis (Bass/Vox) and Will Fachin (Drums). With the setlist written on the drummer’s t-shirt, they opened with ‘Bombs Away’, which took no prisoners as they rocked the Hideout from the start. ‘Grand Line (The Epic)’ was next before two new numbers ‘Entrapment’ and ‘Renegade’, showed good strength with the song writing. Another tune from the 2014 EP, ‘Where Heroes Stood’ was a great mixture of thrash background with a sweet tune and vocals throughout. A heavy drum/bass driven ‘Red Mirror’ was next with some great lead vocals and an infectiously catchy ‘Find The Lightning’ followed. That just left an angst ridden song about Mohawk College ’Future Ready’, featuring some excellent bass riffs and the closer ‘On The Way’. Grand Line played some great rock, had fun and the new numbers bode well for the future (ready or not).

Syn Brit rating: 3/5

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Website: Grand Line
Twitter @GrandLineMusic


The final band of the night for DCC were RFIM, another hometown rock band with Pat LoRe (Lead Vox), Igor Boros (Guitar), Sean Morgan (Guitar), Ivano Martelluzzi (Bass) and Marco Mazzaferro (Drums). The first song ‘Right Now’ was memorable for the really clear vocals, which continued through ‘Last Night On Earth’, which was very reminiscent of Ride and had great riffs to match those vocals. Melodic harmony vocals were in good supply during ‘Never’ with a sweet lead guitar riff in the background and good sound production. A slower song, ‘So Alive’ was next and contained a great drum fill, with ‘Come Down’ next up, which got the crowd engaged. Subtle management of a couple of fans was delivered at the start of ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’, whilst ‘Anyone But You’, a slower anthemic love song, saw guitars in the crowd! A Lou Reed sounding vocal announced ‘Crimson’, with its catchy chorus taking hold of the Hideout before ‘Vampire’, dedicated to Erika with a ‘K’, was launched with a haunting guitar riff, superb offset vocals and some dancing/high kicking breaking out on stage….. Last up was ‘Win The Fight’ with its foot tapping, sing along chorus, a great song delivered at a great pace. The twitter handle for RFIM is @rfimrocks, they do, go see them.

Syn Brit rating: 3/5

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Website: RFIM
Twitter @rfimrocks
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Win The Fight

Until next time…..The Moose
Low Orbit

Low Orbit

Plaid on Flannel

Plaid on Flannel

Grand Line

Grand Line

RFIM

RFIM


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