Mean Red Spiders Toronto, ON February 14

After enduring more of the irritatingly inane meanderings of MC Doc Pickles, the capacity crowd gave these reunited scene veterans (they also played Wavelength 01) a warm welcome. And deservedly so, as Mean Red Spiders confirmed they are a band richly deserving of greater recognition. They pulled out the stops here, with a seven-piece line-up that featured five guitarists on most numbers. The result was full-blooded neo-Spiritualized sonic grandeur with a shoegazing meets no wave feel. Bleating saxophone gave an avant-garde tinge, while the tambourine banging of singer Lisa Nighswander and the dry ice added a psychedelic vibe. Her vocals were a little overshadowed by the guitar blitzkrieg, but added another solid brick to their mesmerizing wall of sound.