Male Bonding Toronto, March 10

Male Bonding Toronto, March 10
UK-based grunge/pop trio Male Bonding seem nice enough with their obvious Kurt Cobain obsession (we're talking tussled blond hair, crappy knit sweaters and the whole package) and music to match - sans compelling tunes, mind you. Unfortunately, their paint-by-numbers pop music was so predictable and lacking in anything memorable that a half-hour set felt like one long tune. Only the drummer had serious presence, arms flailing madly while the bassist and guitarist seemed afraid to peel their eyes away from fret boards for fear of careening into some musical guard rail. Fun yet forgettable, Male Bonding are the the band you want to like because you probably dig the dudes even if the music blows, a syndrome known in music as GGBB: Good Guys, Bad Band. Think of them as the sort of group that wimpy dude from High Fidelity would start.