Concert Review: Library Voices, July 21st, Horseshoe

(Toronto) Watching nine people try to perform while crammed onto the tiny stage at the Horseshoe is always entertaining. That’s what happened tonight as Regina Saskatchewan’s’ finest, Library Voices came into town. Tuesday night is Nu Music night down at the Horseshoe and it is always free. If you keep your eye on the listings you can catch some worthwhile bands on the cheap.

Library Voices have a whole grab bag of instruments and sounds to draw from. What else would you expect when there are nine of them? Some strong vocals, a saxophone, some groovy loops and handclaps. The energy of the entire band was pretty high right from the start of the show with the bass player and his tight, tight, tight jeans bouncing around the stage and on top of the drummer. Similar to Los Campesinos!, they have a couple of solid dancy diddys, which nobody danced to on this night, but I suspect that the next time around there will be grooving going on.

It wasn’t until the second to last song that one of the girls stepped up and took the lead on some vocals, which got me thinking, where was she for all the previous songs. My only recommendation; more girl vocals. She sounded great and cranked it up a notch. (Sorry, I don’t know which female member I am talking about here)

On a related note the Gladstone Public Library (Gladstone/Bloor) has its grand re-opening this week. The building has been being restored since 1983 and is finally opening on Thursday. If you do go, you will have to be sure to use your library voices though. Knowledge is free.

Library Voices are at Hillside this weekend and back at the Horseshoe next Tuesday again. Get out and dance.

July 22 – Hamilton, On – @ The Casbah
July 23 – Windsor, On – @ Blind Dog
July 24 – Peterborough, On – @ Montreal House w/ The Burning Hell
July 25 – Guelph, On – Hillside Festival
July 26 – Guelph, On – Hillside Festival
July 28 – Toronto, On – @ Horseshoe Tavern

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4 Responses to Concert Review: Library Voices, July 21st, Horseshoe

  1. Jen

    I saw this band as a 10-piece perform at the Bovine. That stage is MUCH smaller than the relatively roomy Horseshoe stage. It was totally wacky, one of the craziest things I’ve seen.
    They are pretty fun, I hope to catch them next week!

  2. Daniel

    “has been being restored” .. ?? ??.

  3. Wade

    Its been under construction, renovated, restored…it has been closed ever since I moved into the neighbourhood.

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