Toronto has been spoiled by the repeated arrival of Band Of Skulls over the last few months. The band stopped by Mod Club to play a show with The Whigs.
The trio out of England who have been touring extensively in support of their spectacular debut album "Baby Darling Dollface Honey" mentioned that this would be their last show in Toronto for a while as they plan to work on their sophmore release. At one point Russel Marsden (guitar, vocals) mentioned some of their other gigs in the city at the Bovine and El Mocambo, asking who in the audience had been present. They started the show off with the first track off their debut "Light of The Morning" and played through most of the tracks from the debut including favorites "Death By Diamonds and Pearls", "Fires", "I Know What I am" and "Patterns". Drummer Matt Hayward pulled out an acoustic guitar to accompany Emma Richardson's(bass,vocals) haunting vocals on "Honest". Band Of Skulls finished off the night with "Hollywood Bowl" capping off another fine performance. Can't wait for the new material.
Along for the ride were Athens, Georgia band The Whigs. This was the first time I had ever seen The Whigs live. They pulled through as a stellar opener. There were some in the crowd who thought the energetic trio should have been headlining the night. The band played a solid set of grunge inspired rock featuring lead guitarist Parker Gispert hopping around the stage when he wasn't belting out vocals over the mic. Showing up early to a gig has its benefits. I was able to snatch a spot directly in front of drummer Julian Dorio's kit who was a lot of fun to watch banging away at the drums with his hair whipping all around. The Whigs who have released three studio albums "Give 'Em All A Big Fat Lip", "Mission Contol", "In The Dark" will be opening for the Hold Steady at the Kool Haus on July 16, 2010.