Still Life Still BLK BOX, Toronto ON, June 14

Still Life Still BLK BOX, Toronto ON, June 14
Photo: Matt Bobkin
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Four years after releasing debut album Girls Come Too, East York pop-rockers Still Life Still have finally announced their follow-up, Mourning Trance, and if their midnight set is any indication, the band still possess their ear for a catchy hook and the energy to make it successful. The quintet's guitar-driven and keyboard-accented set got the floor dancing and grooving, and the band was strong, with every performer putting their heart into the performance, but one performer who stood out was Brendan Saarinen, who often performed triple duty as singer, keyboardist, and guitarist, cycling through these different roles with ease. The set's highlight was "In Enemies," the lead single off their forthcoming sophomore album, and the poppy tune proved a hit with the crowd, and their solid live performance definitely increased the hype for the long-awaited album. Still Life Still proved that they still know how to make a pop song with the flair of a rock band, and have the onstage chops to sell it in a live setting.