Light Asylum

Wrongbar, Toronto, ON, March 23

> > Mar 24 2013

Light Asylum - Wrongbar, Toronto, ON, March 23
By Scott TavenerIn music festivals, as in ketchup, patience is a virtue. Playing the midnight slot of CMW's penultimate night, Brooklyn duo Light Asylum dropped one of the best gigs of the week.

Showing off a penchant for future-goth attire, '80s synths, e-melodies and drum-pad hammering, the band delivered an explosive set for a room stocked with American Apparel models and surprised club-goers.

Singer Shannon Funchess is a dynamo with dynamic, forceful vocals and an all-in approach. A charged atom with a set of drumsticks, she demanded attention throughout.

On "IPC," she was part Fred Schneider, part Fidel Castro, which doesn't sound like the most palatable blend, but bouncy keys smoothed out the mix. Conversely, "A Certain Person" was a bright epic and a startlingly buoyant closer.

Elsewhere, she channelled the usual litany of post-punk and new wave references (i.e., Mark Burgess, Ian Curtis, David Byrne, Bernard Sumner, etc.), yet stayed far away from homage and pastiche. Visceral and grand, it was a stellar outing.
Mailing List
Google Bookmarks
Be the first to comment
Keep me logged in
Prove You Are Not a Robot
To remove this step go back and login.


Most Popular Stories

  1. Hey Rosetta! - 'Second Sight' (album stream)MUSIC / VIDEO: Hey Rosetta! 'Second Sight' (album stream)
  2. Die Mannequin - 'Neon Zero' (album stream)MUSIC / VIDEO: Die Mannequin 'Neon Zero' (album stream)
  3. Record Store Day Reveals Full List of 2014 Black Friday ExclusivesNEWS: Record Store Day Reveals Full List of 2014 Black Friday Exclusives

Latest Issue: Oct 14 Issue