Candidates Canadian Music Week 2004 March 3 to 6, Toronto ON

The Candidates dodged CMW’s milieu of cologne and cowboy-hat sportin’ Albertans. Pity, since both parties generally like their music loud and familiar. The band’s completely inoffensive brand of rock and/or roll seemed an admirable homage to the power chord and the animated camera-hamming guitar solo. Not quite the Beatles, the boys should ditch the three-lead approach and decide who the real singer is, but, all in all, one of the more pleasant surprises of the least surprising CMW in years.