Sunday night is typically a quiet, settle in and get ready for the week ahead kind of night, unless you’re a music fan. Last night this was especially true if you were a fan of The Elwins, Jukebox The Ghost and/or Fxrrvst.
As soon as I arrived at The Mod Club I could tell it was going to be an amazing night. The front of the stage was lined up with fans waiting for the music to start and when Fxrrvst hit the stage, the crowd surged forward. Matt Fuentes and Holly Forrest joined on stage by their session guys Lucas Muccilliby on bass and Chris Savage on drums, filled the venue with their fun, catchy, melodic indie rock vibe.
I have nothing but great things to say about this band, they were super tight and I loved their sound. They’ve come a long way from the sounds they started out with, Holly’s punk music and Matt’s folk music. The duo has come together and has created something awesome.
If you haven’t heard them yet, I strongly urge you to check them out. They’re going places and I’m glad I was there to witness a part of their journey.
Up next, in the middle slot were Washington-based Indie/Pop/Rock band Jukebox the Ghost. Let me be very clear when I say, there were a lot of Jukebox fans at The Mod Club. They filled the floor, they danced, they sang, they jumped up and down and they felt the music. It was beautiful to watch.
With Ben Thornewill on piano, Tommy Siegel on guitar, and Jesse Kristin on drums they guys took the stage and belted out song after song. They played songs that their fans knew and they treated them to some brand new music while promising to come back in the spring with a new album. All very good things! One of my favourite moments was when they intro’d their new song called Boring which they told us was about getting old. Funny stuff. I would be remiss if I didn’t comment on their amazing harmonies. Their voices come together and create this beautifully layered sound. This was blatantly clear when they came together, and with the help of the audience killed Bohemian Rhapsody.
This was my first time seeing Jukebox the Ghost, it definitely won’t be my last.
Without delay, the stagehands quickly made the changes to prepare for The Elwins to take the stage. It was quick and painless and when the band came out, the crowd cheered.
Playing songs from their new album Beauty Community and favourites from Play for Keeps, the band brought everything they had. It was everything anyone could have asked for. They played with enthusiasm and joy and the room mirrored the emotions back. Their sound was crystal clear and they were technically perfect. If reactions from the crowd are any indicator, they had the entire room in the palm of their hands.
The guys have been touring since mid-October and they’re almost ready to wrap this tour, with their last date in St. Catharines on December 9th. If you’re in the area, there are still a few dates left.
Note: Turns out Sunday night was the first time all four The Elwins Moms were in the house at the same time, they look adorable!
Photos of The Elwins
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