Concert Review: Broods and Erik Hassle @ The Danforth Music Hall – Toronto

Sleep is for the dead. That’s why I spent my post-call Friday at The Danforth Music Hall with Erik Hassle and Broods.

At 8:30 p.m., Swedish R&B sensation Erik Hassle stepped out wearing a leather biker jacket, embodying both style and swagger. Backed by his friend Raymundo Cruz, he kicked off the night with “Innocence Lost”. Next came the SOHN-produced “Pathetic”, which had Hassle grooving along. The stage was notably bare save a 3-ft tall screen front stage showing random graphics throughout his set. It might have detracted from the performance if not for Hassle’s slick moves. Taking a break from his more electronic-laden hits, he pulled out a guitar, dedicating the stripped-down “Nothing Can Change This Love” to “all the lonesome lovers”. To close, Hassle gave the audience a taste of things to come with his upcoming single “No Words”.

Last time the New Zealand sibling-duo Broods was in town, they were touring alongside Sam Smith. Now, as the headliner of their own tour, they brought their A-game. Masterful concert stage lighting helped make for a dramatic entrance with “Never Gonna Change”, followed by “Sleep Baby Sleep”, “Everytime” and “Killing You”. Broods then transitioned to acoustic guitar for “Taking You There” with enthusiastic support from the audience. They too introduced a new song “I’ve Got Room For You Here”. The audience erupted in cheers during “Four Walls” when Georgia Nott powerfully belted out a couple high notes. Immediately afterwards, the stage blacked out. The lights slowly buzzing and flickered before brightly exploding for “Bridges”. The excitement drove one audience member to jump up on stage and begin dancing alongside Nott, but she took it in stride. Nott later asked the rest of the audience to “dance really hard” for “L.A.F.” (which stands for “loose as f*ck”).Lighting during this song was once again en pointe, with the spotlights casting some interesting shadows on the walls. They ended their short hour-long set with “Coattails”, but unsurprisingly, the audience demanded more. Broods responded with two more: “Superstar” and “Mother & Father” with the duo drumming along on a single floor tom. But I suppose the encore still wasn’t enough, since I ended up walking alongside several individuals who continued dancing all the way to Broadview Station.

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Review by Katrina Hui (@aujourdkhui)

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