Concert Review: Polica and Lolawolf @ The Mod Club

What were you doing Tuesday night? Glued to your TV watching the Ontario Premier debate? Or catching up on some Fargo? Regardless, your night would have been better spent at Mod Club taking in Poliça

Does the name Zoe Kravitz ring a bell? You can probably guess famous lineage from last name. On top of her mark in the movie biz (Divergent, X-Men: First Class), Kravitz lends her sultry vocals to electro R&B outfit Lolawolf, who were on opening duties tonight. Backed by James Levy and Jimmy Giannopoulos (Reputante), the trio rushed through tracks off their self -titled EP released earlier this year. Kravitz, adorning an oversized Marilyn Manson shirt, made minimal effort in the stage presence category. Not even the usual ‘Thank You’ after songs. Her seductive vocals and ‘don’t give an eff’ demeanour somehow kept the few in the crowd interested till the end. Check out their video for ‘Jimmy Franco’ ft A$AP Rocky and you might be mildly entertained.

Some bands don’t need flashy welcomes. They just let the music make the noise. Following an underwhelming entrance, Polica plunged right into the set that was more Shulamith heavy than the debut album Give You The Ghosts. Channy Leaneagh and co, that features dual drummers and bass, delivered songs with tight musicianship and spot-on lighting schemes, heightened during the drops. Leaneagh, forced to stay close to man the synth and keys, did most of her ‘expressing’ via emphatic hand movements. Her manipulated voice accentuated the subdued feeling of the prog-rock meets indie-pop sound of the band, similar to what you might hear at an underground club or while watching Fight Club. The band successfully fought the mid-set lull with few uptempo numbers such as ‘Spilling Lines’ and threatening synth hook based ‘Very Cruel’. Leaneagh’s restrained crowd interaction, capped by the usual ‘thank you for having us’, throughout the set didn’t develop that intimacy for a new fan like myself. Sometimes, good music isn’t enough. The fan wants more.


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Review by Nilabjo Banerjee (@nilabjo)

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