An electronic dance party courtesy of Silent Shout

saturnsby Michael Thomas

It was a triumphant “let’s try this again…” sort of show for Silent Shout, the wonderful Toronto-based electronic music blog. In October, they had planned to put on the very show that happened last night, but because of some, let’s say unprofessional behaviour on behalf of the previous venue’s ownership, Silent Shout was forced to cancel.

The location was moved to the Garrison, and it was crowded fairly early with eager fans looking for a good show. A good show it definitely was.

First up for the night was Boss & Swan, a fairly new duo of a girl on vocals and keys and a guy producing beats from a Macbook. Also behind them was a projection screen which provided different visuals for each song, the last of which, called “Raging Bull,” featured clips from Martin Scorsese.

It was refreshing to hear electronic music that wasn’t completely fascinated with how the electronics sounded. The singer’s vocals were clear in the mix and her singing melded well with the beats. Being new, it’s obvious that Boss & Swan definitely have lots of room to experiment with their sound and push its boundaries. It was a solid opening act, and it was pretty cool that they transformed Mumford and Sons’ “I Will Wait” into something intergalactic, almost.

It was bewildering to watch the setup for the next band, Saturns, who were also celebrating the release of their 12″. There were gold cloths hanging from keyboards, multiple microphones, a skull on top of a strobe light and too many wires to count.

Saturns as a band are technically three people: one on lead vocals/electronics, one on guitar and keys and a third in full Day-of-the-Dead-esque makeup whose sole purpose was to be creepy on stage. The music was hypnotic, and definitely created a spooky mood that was delightful during a time when all anyone can think about is Christmas.

Their set was pretty wild, and all three guys on stage moved around quite a lot while flicking switches on an electronic board or rocking out on a guitar. Their enthusiasm was infectious and a lot of the crowd seemed really into it. Near the end of the set the singer thanked any spirits who might be present in the room.

Piper Davis was up next, an artist all the way from Vancouver, BC. She had a full band with her including one guy who produced a lot of the electronic beats over the drums and guitars.

Davis herself very energetic on stage, not being tied down to an instrument. She was on the move constantly, dancing to the beats that her great backup band put together. It took a few songs, but eventually the crowd itself was dancing along wildly to the music as well and yelled for more when the set was finished.

Unfortunately, time constraints prevented me from seeing Ark Analog, the collaboration between Maylee Todd and Dan Werb of Woodhands. There’s little doubt that they put on a stellar show to close out the night (followed by Silent Shout’s infamous post-show dance party).

Were you at the show last night? Did you see Ark Analog? How were they? Leave a comment and let us know!


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