Indie Week took place last week and gave Toronto a bonafide rhythm-fueled experience. The 5-day festival invited 175+ independent artists to showcase their talents at a multitude of venues and stages across our city. After the stacked list of Toronto concerts and shows that took place in September – things really don’t seem to be slowing down!
Last Friday (Oct 12), we stopped by El Mocambo to watch The Stanfields headline the night on the Monster Products Stage. The 5-piece band, hailing from the Canadian East Coast, boasts an energetic sound that laces hard rock with traditional roots sounds. This was my first time listening to the band live and I have to say they offered a refreshing sound versus some of the other stuff we’ve been covering lately. Nothing but a genuine maelstrom of energy that got the crowd moving.
When I first listened to this Canadian band, I instantly knew they were Nova Scotian bred. How to describe their music? I’d call it Celtic rock mixed in a bluegrass blender – poured in a traditional East Coast mug and served with a classic side of kilt. Tastes pretty sweet and will get you totally smashed.
The Stanfields took the stage after midnight and gave a solid set. I noticed the venue didn’t really fill up until the 3rd song – most likely because people are hopping from different Indie Week stages around the city.
I should mention more about the crowd. I had a quick gander around the venue and noticed there was a good mix of types in attendance. One thing I love about Indie Week is that it gives people the opportunity to listen to bands they might otherwise overlook. It’s great to see people expanding their musical horizons.
The Stanfields have recently released a new album, Death & Taxes – produced by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica, Aerosmith). I recommend you check it out and also view their YouTube and website for some examples of their stuff.
Download: The Stanfields on iTunes
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