Invasions Silver Dollar Room, Toronto ON, June 13

Invasions Silver Dollar Room, Toronto ON, June 13
Photo: Matt Bobkin
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Toronto's Invasions played an eclectic mix of Western-tinged surf rock, and as bizarre as that sounds, it worked. The five-piece band, greatly aided in their sound by a trumpeter who also doubled as a keyboardist, played a set of winding, jangly tunes that would sound at home in the background of most Westerns but were also hooky enough to stand on their own and satiate the crowd, who lapped up each tune with glee. The five-piece were tight, weaving their way through the set with little visible difficulty but a lot of visible verve, but the trumpet was definitely the main accent that led to their success, turning each song from a rock effort to a cowboy-esque affair. The band even bordered on country for a bit, losing the somewhat sinister edge that comes with Westerns, but the West seems to be a natural sound for this Toronto quintet, who can definitely craft a lively set with a unique sound.