By: TJ Liebgott
Thursday night the Mod Club traded in their Ben Sherman and indie style duds for corsets, pvc and bondage clothing as Lye and The Birthday Massacre took over the popular College st. nightclub.
The night could have been quite disastrous for opening band Lye whose drummer, Dustin Williams, was unable to cross the border the weekend prior to the show. Luckily Lye was able to recruit a friend of theirs who was able to play along flawlessly for the most part. The odd fill was missed here and there but their new drummer seemed quite confident of the material.
The Lye lineup also consisted of another somewhat new member in guitarist Kevin Oliver who was playing just his second Toronto gig with the band. Kevin, replacing guitarist James Toth, may not play the songs exactly as James once did, but he adds a new element to the band. His guitar playing is of a more aggressive nature that melds perfectly with the attitudes of lead-singer Brett Caruthers and Stephany Seki.
Lye got the Mod Club crowd going with songs from their debut CD Companion as well as a few new tracks from their upcoming album. Those standing at the front of the stage were quite engaged with the band especially one fan who was constantly pumping his fist in the air with every beat of the kick drum.
As Lye’s set ended a red curtain was drawn across the Mod Clubs stage further heightening the anticipation for headliners The Birthday Massacre. By the time Chibi and company took over the stage, the place was ready to explode. TBM didn’t miss a beat breaking into classic songs like “Video Kid”, “Happy Birthday”, “Lovers End” and more from their 2005 release Violet. As well, they broke into new material from their soon to be released album Walking With Strangers (September 10). Their new song “Kill The Lights” was the highlight of the evening musically. TBM’s light show, which rivaled most bands that play the Molson Amphitheatre, was also a highlight of the night.
Band member O.E., who replaced Aslan on Bass, added a new dimension of harmony to Chibi’s voice when he sang back-ups. I’m really looking forward to seeing his impact on the new album.
TBM left the stage for less than five minutes before returning to play “Blue” for their encore. However they only stuck around for two songs. It will be a while before TBM plays Toronto again since they just started leg two of their tour that will take them through the USA and into Europe.
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