Matthew Allan, October 11, 2012
The indie pop stylings of Toronto’s The Elwins have gained the band some high profile opening slots for bands such as The Arkells and Tokyo Police Club, high praise for being early in their career. Their sound owes equally to The Beatles, Belle and Sebastian and Born Ruffians. I can’t wait to hear when they extend beyond the “b” artists on their iPods.
The Elwins are certainly tight, their songs are pretty good, and they look to be enjoying themselves onstage. However, something felt lacking in their performance. Though it was not enough to stop them from making the females in the audience swoon.
There is very little to complain about with this band. They took the stage, smiled like the cute kids they are, and performed their songs with an appropriate amount of enthusiasm and luster.
Ridiculous mustaches, cardigan sweaters, and fluorescent shades of guitars – the Elwins look like the younger brothers of so many successful indie bands.
They seem so innocent – like pulling a flask from your pocket or sparking a joint in the vicinity of these young gentlemen may prompt a well-rehearsed scolding. Luckily, The Elwins aren’t vying for rock and roll bad-assery, so you should have thought twice before trying to pass the dutchie in the first place.