PeteHatesMusic kicks off NXNE with their first show. The lucky act? Animal Parts. This is ignoring the fact that there was an open bar at The Hoxton, DJ’ed by Brendan Canning from Broken Social Scene. And I drank a lot there.
First Impressions: Great vocals. Didn’t know it was them at first since they started early and I was feeling effects of the open bar immediately preceding the show. Solid musically.
Stage Presence: Not a large stage (as you can see below), but they did as much foot tapping and moving as you’d expect from guys in button up folk rock shirts.
Random Observation: Guitarist had a Molson Stock Ale t-shirt. I was drinking Molson Stock Ale.
Crowd Reaction: Toronto head bobs and good applause after the songs.
Water/alcohol/neither: Molson Stock Ale for the guy in the Stock Ale t-shirt. That is one loyal guy.
The Last Word: 8.0 /10 – Vocals were incredible. I much prefer the vocal shredding tunes like the first two tracks than the pop diddies, but both were good. Use that voice! The band played favourites like King of Kings and What Our Love Is, which the crowd dug. A good set.