Written By | Linda Le
Friday night in Toronto was accompanied to some chilling Canadian weather. A perfect night to stay indoors and jam out to the sounds of some talented Canadian bands. The crowd at the small, intimate venue, Radio (previously known as Adelaide Hall), were in for a treat with four bands set to hit the stage.
The night kicked off with a hometown band by the name of, Summerteeth. The pop-punk band certainly brought the nostalgic vibes with their early 2000s pop-punk sound, bringing out everybody’s inner emo kid. You could hear that their songs are influenced by bands such as Jimmy Eat World and Weezer but with their own original flare to the mix.
Following Summerteeth’s set was, Huttch, an indie-rock band based out of Windsor, Ontario. When the members of the band stepped on stage fashioning some funky vintage print button ups I wasn’t too sure what to expect but to my surprise found myself relishing in their unique sound. Every song brings a bit of a different sound from classic rock to boogie rock. They showcased such a carefree presence on stage, through their movements and style. They performed their originals such as “Get Up” which literally had everybody on their feet and dancing along. As their set came to an end the crowd surely could not get enough of their funky rock jams and were eager for an encore but due to scheduling the show had to go on.
Next to hit the stage was, Texas King, a band based out of London, Ontario. From the beginning of their set they immediately emitted high-energy through their performances. They performed songs off of their debut album “Circles” as well as some new tracks and had everybody head banging and moving throughout their set.
It was time for the main act of the night, Vancouver based band Fake Shark, to perform. The band started off the night with a track off their album Faux Real, showcasing their dance pop sound and delivering catchy tunes. They had a small group of dedicated fans front row ready to jam along to their favourite band for the night, it was nice to witness their interaction with fans, lead vocalist Kevvy Mental even went backstage for a bit during one of their performances to grab a slice of pizza for their fans. Taking a break from their originals mid-set, the band decided to give everyone a good ol’ throwback with their cover of TLC’s iconic hit, No Scrubs, getting everyone singing along. As the show was reaching it’s end, Fake Shark performed their original “Cheap Thrills”, which they mentioned had recently played on an episode of MTV’s Catfish.