Dutch Toko Ebar, Guelph ON, April 4

Dutch Toko Ebar, Guelph ON, April 4
Photo: Vish Khanna
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"We're Dutch Toko, the local band who somehow scammed their way onto this awesome bill," singer Brian Schirk proclaimed before the band's third song. In truth, smart programming enabled them to open for Odonis Odonis and Absolutely Free. Their no wave noise and kinetic arrangements recall pioneering purveyors who could be their grandparents by now (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., the Ex). Any time Dutch Toko play live, they're completely invested in the moment, excising fury and anguish from their systems into songs that are enthralling cacophonies. Big city, streetwise power from a small town, innocent young band.