Darlene Shrugg AXENÉO7, Gatineau QC, February 5
Published Feb 06, 2016No one can deny the glammy charms of Darlene Shrugg. These electric warriors have got strength in numbers, but it's not their sheer size that makes the five-piece great — it's their keen awareness of each player's individual strengths.
Hearing husband and wife Slim Twig and Meg Remy trade verses is a treat, not just because of their intuitive relationship to one another, but because their voices are so distinct — his low buried tones against her bold and soulful bite. Each Shrugg song is built on interesting juxtapositions, and presented as a whole, they slink their way into your head as one of the best arguments for rock in 2016.
Glam is an obvious touchstone, but some of their references seem beyond it — no glam drummer ever hit the skins quite like Simone TB does. Those big beats are timeless. It's nuances like those that pushed Darlene Shrugg into territory all their own.