Gang Signs Copper Owl, Victoria BC, September 19

Gang Signs Copper Owl, Victoria BC, September 19
Photo: Kim Jay
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Dusky, orange-lit venue the Copper Owl, with its honeycombed ceilings and raised lounges overseeing the strip of sunken designated dance floor space, is the ultimate throwback to '70s nostalgia, nestled (of all places) above the iconic Paul's Motor Inn. It was also the perfect venue to host Vancouver's Gang Signs, a relatively new act that dabbles with smoky electro and textured, atmospheric sound, drawing obvious sonic allusions to the xx.
 
The small venue reached capacity before Gang Signs' set even started, and at times the enthusiastic crowd overpowered the slightly apathetic three-piece in terms of energy. The 30-minute set was far too short, but offered a small taste of what should be a brilliant debut album later this year, especially given that Peter Ricq (Humans) is overseeing the project.