Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre, Victoria BC, July 14
Unfortunately, rock is not Bruno's strong suit, so catchy album songs like "Sail" and "Burn It Down" sounded less like Nine Inch Nails lite in a live setting and more like some third-tier grunge-pop band that no one can remember the name of way too long after "the year that punk broke."
A new song called "ThisKidsNotAlright" didn't hold up much better, failing apart at its desperate arena rock seams. Bruno has promise: with a stage presence that is awkwardly endearing, he could become a sort of anti-hero for kids too spoon-fed to endure the heavier, darker sounds of Trent Reznor or, heck, Muse. But as long as he keeps milking his tired back catalog (i.e. that one played-out album) and sticking with that one annoying high-register near-scream, Bruno's floating face down in a sea of much better festival fodder.
ReviewsFeb 21, 2015
Theophilus LondonTattoo, Toronto ON, February 20
For such a seemingly talented dude, Theophilus London seems hell-bent on mediocrity. Right off the jump last night (February 20) at Tattoo i...
ReviewsFeb 20, 2015
SwansLe National, Montreal QC, February 19
How the fuck do you talk about Swans? Seriously, someone tell me. I could barely talk at all for a good two hours after the show ended, ...
ReviewsFeb 19, 2015
Dan Mangan + Blacksmith / Hayden / Astral SwansRebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax NS, February 18
"You wanna sing along?" Dan Mangan asked just prior to the final song of his band's tour-opening show in Halifax last night. "It's about...
ReviewsFeb 17, 2015
Father John MistyThéatre Corona, Montreal QC, February 16
It's a tale as old as time: a drummer for a revered folk rock band, who also moonlights as a singer-songwriter, takes some psychedelics, lea...