Concert Review: Green Go, The Magic, Wrongbar, April 30

Green Go, Wrongbar, April 30, 2009

Toronto – Always read the weather report before you go out. On Thursday morning, I woke up, looked outside for a bit, determined it wasn’t going to rain, put on my nice white brand new sperry sider shoes (or as I call them, my cottage shoes) and went on my way. Little did I know, it was to rain all day. I mean, I had intended to wear these nice white shoes (before heading to various cottages) around a little just to get that dirty white look, which looks a lot better then pure white out of the store look, but I didn’t want to be walking around them in a torrential downpour. Now there’s smudges of grey everywhere on my shoe. It really doesn’t look that dirty anymore, I think it just looked dirty under fluorescent lighting or something. Anyways, the point of this story is that I wasn’t in a particularly good mood heading into the Green Go CD release party at the Wrong Bar on Thursday. It was raining, the concert was later then I thought and I blew a chance to win our league ball hockey game earlier in the night, there was like a minute left in the game, it was tied 7-7 and I had a good chance to score. I had pulled the ball to my backhand from my forehand while running left. Theoretically, I should have tired to lift the ball to the top left corner, but halfway through the motion, I remembered this goalie had shoulder pads that put Garth Snow to shame, so I decided maybe the better option would have to go against the grain and backhand it to the right corner. However, I forgot to factor in that this goalies lateral movements were slower then Stephen Hawking on quicksand so basically, I shot it right back into his glove. Sigh.

We arrived at Wrongbar at about 11. I had never been to the Wrongbar before. It’s a nice space, theres a bar in front and the dance floor in the back. Nowadays, when I go to little bar places, all I can think about is whether I can/should book it for upcoming dance parties. While the place was definitely a good space for some dancing, the beer selection was balls at best. Bud, 50, Canadian, Keiths.. wheres the good beers? Six bucks for a pint of Keiths too. I guess everyone has their beer preferences.

There were actually 3 openers on the bill, but we only arrived in time to catch one of them. The Magic are a band from Guelph. They also have a band name that’s extremely hard to google. Let me tell you something – if you are forming a band, make sure your bands website CAN appear on the 1st google page when you type in the band name. It took me typing “The Magic Band Toronto” to actually find the myspace page for this band. That is four Google searches too many. A lesser man would have given up.

I guess “The Magic” is a new band, since they have no official website or any sort of web presence. The band had a large assemble of people on there, playing all sorts of instruments including horns/trumpets, synths and other. The lead singer was wearing some sort of ship uniform maybe. Combined that with the low key synthy eighties vibe and I would think that The Magic are trying to bring back Yacht rock. They were pretty decent, especially the number that the female singer took over primary singing duties.

Green Go came on around 12:30, which to me, is bed time. However, I was all the way in Parkdale, so I figure I might as well stay for the show. If you recall from my review, I liked the album quite a bit. The bar was about 2/3 full, and when the band came out, most people crowded up to the front and were primed to dance. Green Go certainly complied to the dancing part, as a heavy dose of synth and drum beats got the crowd shuffling the feet. Playing material mostly from Borders, the band provided some solid grooves for the crowd. They also gave everyone cake, which probably distracted a lot of people (gary included) from the actual show. However, it is a party and everyone must have cake.

I wasn’t in the best of moods headed into the show, and wasn’t too impressed with the late start time, but I’m old and jaded, so that’s typical. The music itself was good and everyone enjoyed themselves. I even found myself moving around a bit and left the Wrongbar in a good mood. I was especially happy to not have been mugged or anything in Parkdale at that time of night.

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