Capsule Review: MODERNBOYS MODERNGIRLS @ Rancho Relaxo (CMW 2012 – Day 2)
Anyone who actually knows any of the people behind The iM on a personal level is probably aware that one of our favourite late night hangout options in the city is Rancho Relaxo: sure it’s a bit grime-y, but it’s our grime… and we love it.
After all the venue-hopping for Day 2 of CMW 2012 came to a close, the various arms of the iM team coalesced at Rancho for Toronto soul-tinged punk-rock quartet MODERNBOYS MODERNGIRLS – a band for whom we hold a special fondness…
Apparently most of the people in attendance at Rancho at 1AM on the night in question agreed.
MBMG is fronted by guitarist/vocalist Akira Alemany, and rounded out by bassist/vocalist Juan Carlos Rivas, lead guitarist/vocalist Milan Julius Schramek, and drummer/vocalist Brett Millius.
If I were to peg them into any one specific category though it’d probably be difficult NOT to classify them under nearly ever over-arching column of rock in some capacity: they profess certain leanings towards punk-rock, and it’s definitely the defining staple to their sound… and yet when the four-piece perform there are elements of blues, soul, grunge, even 70s pop rock (ala Paul McCartney) that occasionally shine through.
Of greatest note about their style though is the relaxed swagger each of the bend members of MBMG exudes when they perform. Occasionally they belt out multi-part vocal harmonies (including drummer Millius), or crack out a harmonica for some extra flair.
Ultimately though, their goal is pretty clear: rock that stage as hard as possible and make sure everyone is shaking whatever amount of hair they have in a head-bobbing motion.
That’s exactly what MBMG did on this particular night – delivering more distorted rock than perhaps some were ready for – and they didn’t let up until their time was finished.
And for 1AM on a Friday morning, what more could you really ask for?