Indie Week Report Card: Slyde @ Hideout 72%

By: Erin Fahy October 25, 2013

slyde

Sound 3/5

From the first notes, I was intrigued. Combining synth/keys, metal guitars, thrashing drums and topped by a Lynard Skynard lead singer; Slyde reads like a mess but sounds pretty awesome. They’ve got a good balance of all parts and have potential to really develop their sound.

Performance 3/5

Synchronized hair banging is on my list of neglected stage antics (it’s next to air humping microphones and the duck guitar walk) and these guys brought it back with a vengeance. That being said, I heard parts of the show where the sound wasn’t synced together, just a few missteps. It was enough to distract me from my obvious hair envy.

Professionalism 3/5

Good team work, their tear down of their gear was one of the smoothest transitions I’ve ever seen.

Aesthetic 4/5

Like their sound; these guys embraced their eclectic style. The long hair on the lead singer/guitarist, bass player and keyboardist was highlighted by the many musical breaks with head banging. Lead singer rocked the vintage 70’s rocker well; jeans, hair, moustache. The other members stuck to basic black and jeans.

Authenticity 3/5

Potential is definitely there. I think with some seasoning, playing with the levels a bit and fleshing out their songs, these guys could shake up the music scene. I loved the mash-up of the synth and the guitars, the vocals may need a bit of boosting with more backing and less falsetto.

Total: 18/25

Final Grade: 72%

Erin Fahy is a 9-5’r by day and a rogue rock reporter by night. You can follow her on Twitter @rockurworld16. Don’t forget to also follow Toronto Music Scene @TorontoMusic.

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