When walking to the Wreckroom last nite, I could see a massive lineup outside Lee’s Palace, as Swans were making an appearance. I also passed the Bloor Theatre, where people were already in line for the Toronto After Dark film fest. Bloor and Bathurst was a pretty happening corner on Thursday evening–and I suppose the attendance at this show suffered as a result. It’s a shame, too, cuz for my money’s worth (a mere $10!), Witch Mountain put on a better performance here than they did when they came through town in June.
Although the bill was one local band short after Enchantress had to drop off last-minute, Mother’s Green representing our city well with their brand of fuzzy jams. The first thing you notice about this band on stage is that they have two drummers–one who plays the bongos. Now that’s stooooner rawk!
(Plus, their bassist rocks a pretty badass stache!)
Clearly forging a connection after their two summer concerts together, Castle was upgraded from Canadian support to full-fledged tour-openers this time around. The San Fran trio’s sound complements the headliners quite nicely, though they seemed sorta spaced out–literally–on the Wreckroom stage, which I swear was bigger than the last time I’ve been there. (Hey, I know they moved the bar to the back of the room, so there were definitely some renovations made at some point…)
Like I said before, Witch Mountain was even better the second time around. The vocals were louder and clearer, guitar solos sizzled, and they even came back for a two-song encore that included “End Game,” a tune from South of Salem that they didn’t play last time. (I know they’ve kinda moved on, but I still love that record!) Unfortunately, when I look at the 40 pictures I took of Witch Mountain, most of them suck. I guess I was enjoying their set too much to be too focused on the camera, haha!