Army Girls El Mocambo, Toronto ON June 14

Army Girls El Mocambo, Toronto ON June 14
Part of what makes Army Girls' live sets so appealing is the sense that you've dropped in on one of the duo's rehearsals. Despite attracting a sizable crowd, singer-guitarist Carmen Elle and drummer Andy Smith were able to keep the intimate vibe with Elle's unabashed self-confidence drawing in the uninitiated. Mugging for the crowd with Chuck Berry-inspired moves -- including some behind-the-head guitar playing -- the pair ripped through their short set knocking off garage pop tracks from their lone EP. Few bands are able to project such self-assurance without coming across as cocky; fewer still have the tunes to back it, making Army Girls a rare gem that are poised for the big(ish) time.