Hollerado / Pack A.D. / Wildlife Market Hall, Peterborough ON October 12
Published Oct 13, 2011Hollerado created a stir with the announcement of their "Meet the Mayor" tour, which enticed local mayors at each stop of the tour to come to the show, offering up a spot on the guestlist. Whether or not the boys in Hollerado met up with Peterborough's own Daryl Bennett is still unknown, but they have thus far met with quite a few mayors and were proud to proclaim it.
Wildlife began the night with what was a captivating set. The fantastic rhythm section kept the mellow build-ups interesting and showed their worth as the songs came crashing down. Lead singer Dean Povinsky channelled both Isaac Brock and John Fogerty as he fervently drove the songs forwards into a crushing display of a well-rehearsed band. Playing to a small crowd in the overly classy Market Hall may not have been what these Ontario kids were used to, but this didn't stop them from wowing the members of the crowd who showed up early enough to see them.
The Pack A.D. proved once again that they are always a blast to witness. Their fuzzed-out blues and driving garage rock songs took the crowd of Hollerado fans by surprise as the band covered many tracks from their latest release Unpersons, as well as their previous effort We Kill Computers. The performance was marked with a cock-sure attitude that screamed for violence and required dancing. "Deer" and "Sirens" roused the crowd to move in new ways and became the night's highlights. Becky Black's shyness was hid behind her fierce riffs and Maya Miller's hilarious stage presence as they continued on to end the night whilst hinting to a "Free Bird" cover, though not before segueing into a raucous rendition of Unpersons highlight "8."
Hollerado took to the stage and immediately started their set of power pop hits. They opened with "Juliette," and it became the first in a string of crowd-pleasers. If one were to judge the reaction of the audience, it was as if literally every track was a single; choruses were chanted along and every "ooh-ahh" was hit on time by the crowd. Hollerado even gave hit "Americanarama" an extended coda featuring dual guitar solos, all the while charming their crowd. Their stage presence was as entertaining as the performance. From their matching grey sweaters to their insistence on making the crowd feel a part of the show, Hollerado proved to be true showmen. The use of confetti and an encore cover of "Fat Bottomed Girls" rounded out the night, and left the crowd with the realization that they had just witnessed something great.