Category Archives: Performance Review

Supermarket Specials!

Supermarket Specials!

Mute Sounds is one of the most impressive bands I have seen in awhile. So it was a shock to me to learn that they have been together for only one year. The level of playing really goes beyond being together for just one year, so I asked the question, what did you do before Mute Sounds. Bass player Luis came to Canada 12 years ago from Costa Rica and played in bands back in his home Country but really got serious when he came to Canada.

Drummer- Ben, Has been drumming for 10 years and studied various styles of rhythm techniques.  Anything from Acoustic to Hip Hop to Progressive drumming this guy can do just about anything. He was even in a band called Kong for a while.

Keyboardist- Flavio, learned his craft from Portuguese Pop music as well as classic rock. His blend adds that special aura to Mute Sounds as they explore new territories.

Guitarist- Ralf, is a good blend of Canadian and Portuguese sounds. He can rock out on a classic guitar or pick up a Portuguese guitar and play in the style of Fado. His love of ethnic strings and playing in a Portuguese folk group really help round out the growing sound of this band.

I can’t believe I was at their first ever gig at Lee’s Palace just about 5 months ago. Now they are hitting the GTA hard by playing as many shows as possible. Go to their website and purchase tickets there. This is you your chance to see the next emerging band in Toronto before they outgrow us.

Mute Sounds got on stage at the Supermarket and came screaming out of the gate. The people at the very back of the place were cheering as well as clapping. These guys have something to prove and they are doing it with a passion of a young boxer. Their song structure is both elaborate as well as storytelling.  A song like Roads is an entire spiritual journey into personal freedom. It carries the quality of a mini-epic. They showcased two songs that will be on their third recording: Name not divulged as of yet.

Rise, comes from a dark unknown of force, grabs hold of you and like a weed. spreads quickly sending a coded message of hope and strength. They even can get you chanting.

The final encore of the night was another new song called, Dark Surrender. You will just have to get a ticket just to experience this song. I don’t want to give anything away, but I mentioned to the band this is the perfect last song. I hope they continue ending with this on for a long time.

Here are some images of Mute Sounds:

Opening up for Mute Sounds was a fun choice for a band we shall call NERiMA. I talked about them a couple of weeks ago and now I can say I saw some improvements from the last show. The band consists of Alex on drums, Conner on Bass, AJ on guitar and Alexi on Guitar and vocals.

Alexi’s bubbly energy was more confident and their sound was cleaner. Their minor key structures and slightly disheveled compositions have an almost innocent purpose of colouring outside the box. The songs are original and take pride in its youthful energy. I remember their song, Bad Ending. It was a fun piece throughout, but I thought the ending was too neat. I really was hoping for a bad ending. In the end they showed us a fun time. If that is their purpose, they are fulfilling that need.

Here are some images of NERiMA:

If you want tickets to see Mute Sounds here is the link to their site… https://www.mutesoundsmusic.com/event-list/

Follow NERiMA on Facebook… https://www.facebook.com/nerimaofficial

See what is playing at the Supermarket… https://www.facebook.com/supermkttoronto

Bob Shaw was smiling down on us!

Bob Shaw was smiling down on us!

Let’s start with the good news. The Metal Community showed up and both celebrated Bob Shaw’s life and the show raised over $1500 to help Bob’s family in this tough time. Close friend Kenneth organized the bands to play. These were bands that Bob would have truly approved of. Neurotic Entertainment worked on promotion to… Continue Reading

Seeing Red at a Stickmen Show

Seeing Red at a Stickmen Show

   True Progheads wait for shows like this one. The Stickmen consist of Pat Masteletto on Drums, Markus Reuter on Guitar and Tony Levin on Bass, or Chapman stick if you want accuracy. They are the highest caliber of progressive rockers that take this genre into territories of the unknown. The opening notes from Markus… Continue Reading

Celebration of the Bitch!

Celebration of the Bitch!

Save Toronto Music Venues wrapped up their lengthy Bitchfest festival at the Tail of the Junction last night. There were 4 four bands that were fronted by some rocking ladies who could command a stage. I didn’t even know the first band when I walked in, but was struck how powerful their presence was live.… Continue Reading

Getting over Hump day

Getting over Hump day

  It’s Wednesday night, after work, you’ve had a bad day and need to change your mood. This would be a good time to head to the Black Swan at Danforth and Broadview and let the music sooth your weariness. Sebastian Agnello is a staple singer/songwriter writer in the Toronto scene for decades and he… Continue Reading

Smell the Tale

Smell the Tale

When I walked into the Tail of the Junction, the first thing I heard was, I believe a mud shark in its death throes. The writhing energy could not be described right away. It was like they were fine tuning their instruments to be the best and most torturous meat grinder around. The band in… Continue Reading