Published Oct 17, 2011It isn't often that a show is so thematically tied that all bands gauge a similar reaction, but that was the case during Jacuzzi Boys' recent headlining stop in Toronto. The lo-fi garage punk night was well attended yet oddly tame, as the audience took to staking out any spot as close to the stage as possible.
First up were Hamilton garage punks Mystics, who came laden with boxes packed with LPs for sale and a punk rock tempo that set an upbeat pace for the show. Their sound strongly brought Black Lips to mind aside from vocal sharing between male and female vocalists, who sounded wildly dissimilar. Unfortunately, that also broke Mystics' consistency, regardless of their knack for steady, melodic rhythms and impressive guitar work.
Next up were Toronto's Teenanger with their own style of bluesy garage punk. The four-piece added an edge to the show with a darker sound, heavy with overwhelming bass lines that repeatedly held up many of the songs when the fuzzed-out lo-fi and deep vocal mumblings were just too much. That was not often the case, but it happened. Promoting a new album, Teenanger's hypnotic sound quickly brought them to the forefront of attention amidst the three attending bands.
Jacuzzi Boys were met by big enthusiasm from the audience. The Miami garage punks charmed those in attendance with their twangy banter between songs, and their high-energy melodic garage was tinted with a hint of surf rock influence and pop psychedelia, while still sticking to a lo-fi tone. It also helped that the trio had a cheerful demeanour, in both sound and lyrics. Promoting their new LP Glazin' didn't prove hard or involve much work judging by audience response. A short, quick set was over before it even began, but it definitely left its mark.