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Capsule Review: THESE ELECTRIC LIVES @ El Mocambo (NXNE 2012)

July 10, 2012

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Toronto’s THESE ELECTRIC LIVES is a band that doesn’t play enough shows in the area for my liking. If the band is reading this right now, take note! We want to see you more often!

I don’t want to throw this around too loosely, but in my opinion THESE ELECTRIC LIVES is one of the top live acts in the city. They’re just a ton of fun, and they’ve been recognized as such – they were the winners of Indie Week back in 2010.

The easiest comparisons to make are to U2 or TEARS FOR FEARS, but with a decidedly dancier feel. The 80′s are clearly a big influence to these guys, but not in a lame way; it’s a modern take on a familiar feel. Big gated synth and delay and reverb-drenched guitar all figure prominently into their sound.

And damn, they are TIGHT live. With no exceptions the songs are bigger and better live than on the album – and the album is pretty damn good! Add in a tasteful backdrop of samples to beef up the sound along with their perfectly programmed light show and you’ve got a winner.

They played most of the tracks from 2010′s We See Light… and closed the set off with their recently-released cover of Wicked Game by CHRIS ISAAK. All in all it was a solid, energetic and fun set, and a great way to kick off the night.

Since that Indie Week win in 2010, THESE ELECTRIC LIVES have been a bit more off-the-radar than I would have liked. Here’s hoping that this is that start of a new comeback!

About The Author
Shawn Burgess is a self-described music fanatic who is always on the hunt for new music. You have a recommendation? Tell him. Like, right now. Starting a low-fi post-ambient symphonic metal-folk cover band? Cool, see you at the show. A heavy local music promoter, Shawn is also on both sides of the scene as the drummer for Toronto act Fade Chromatic.
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