On January 28th, The Opera House in Toronto was filled with eager fans ready to sing their hearts out. Starting things off right was Bowling Green, Kentucky’s kinetic pop-rock sextet Sleeper Agent. Muscling through a tight set of tracks off of their upcoming record About Last Night (out March 25th), the crowd seemed to come alive and embrace the band’s vibe. At times Sleeper Agent sounded like a ramped up circa Eat to the Beat Blondie, with singer Alex Kandel leading the charge with her sultry vocals and charismatic stage presence.
Magic Man made their way onto the stage next to the screams of the (mostly) all ages crowd who were clearly ready to start off the night’s sing-along. It only took the band one song to blow the place up as the stage lights of The Opera House came into some technical difficulties. That only seemed to ignite the band’s energy as they asked the crowd to fire up their phone’s light and keep the party going. As the lights came on a few tracks later, Magic Man continued to finish their set playing songs off of their debut EP You Are Here, and it was evident that they had a lot of heart.
After having the pleasure of interviewing New Politics a couple of weeks back, the AMBY crew was excited to catch the Copenhagen trio’s first headlining tour in Canada. Loading their set with tracks off of their latest LP A Bad Girl in Harlem (including crowd-pleasers Dignity, Tonight You’re Perfect, and Harlem), New Politics exploded with energy as lead vocalist David Boyd led the crowd by example into an bouncing frenzy. Between break dancing and back flips, New Politics made sure that Torontonians got their fill of anthemic stompers and stage antics that night.
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