As I walked up to the bouncer to show him my I.D. at the Horseshoe Tavern, a huge man stumbled out the front door and proceeded to get into a confrontation with him. “I don’t know you, but I like you” he said looking down at me after he and the bouncer had settled their differences, before stumbling off down Queen Street. I would never say I’m a superstitious person, except when it comes to concerts for bands I don’t know a lot about. I read the situation like a fortune teller would read a palm. This would be a good show.
The concert opened with Toronto locals and 70’s hair aficionados Time Giant. Harnessing the raw power of twin guitar harmonies, hard rock rhythms, and sax solos, they established a hard and fast but overall positive tone for the set. The band seemed to have a sense of humour about their live show which everyone really got into. Hopping around, jumping off their amps, kicking, soloing back to back, and adopting rock-god poses for the camera when they noticed it pointing at them really got the crowd moving (it’s hard not to have fun at a show where the band is having that much fun).
Before I get into the madness that was the Tupperware Remix Party, I want to say that music has a long history featuring men coming down from space to annihilate the human race like Gwar or to teach us things like Kiss or David Bowie (Kiss taught us that Detroit is a rock city). TWRP carry on this grand tradition.
At first glance, they looked like what would happen if a bunch of the bad guys from the Power Rangers tv show teamed up and decided not to destroy the world but form a Devo cover band instead. They started the set off with a robotic cover of Phil Collins’ In The Air (a musical version of a baseball player pointing at the spot in the stands where his home run was going to land). The set itself was weird in the best way possible. Flashing coloured lights periodically blinded me while identical twin back up dancers made me wonder if cloning people had become a thing. While this was going on, the band danced, played, and pelvic thrusted for an equally excited audience. Blasting through a great synth pop set that included a perfect cover of Harder Better Faster and eventually closing it down by bringing the openers back on for the encore. In the end, I think they came here to teach us something, what that is I don’t know… But the truth is out there.
Tupper Ware Remix Party
Billie Dre & The Poor Boys
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Photos by Benjamin Telford (bentelfordphoto) | Review by Tristan Johnston