CAMOUFLAGE NIGHTS at Sneaky Dee's (431 College), tonight (Thursday, June 7), 10 pm. $10, free w/ $28 NXNE wristband. 416-603-3090. Rating: NNNNN
They play a healthy dose of eclectic Holy Fuck-style sounds and plenty of ass-shaking jams, but Camouflage Nights say they're not a dance band.
"We like laying down chunky guitars as much as twiddling with synth patches," says Rob Benvie, one-half of the Toronto-based duo. "We're definitely not about nerding out behind laptops."
In fact, they're as much about throwing on bass distortion as they are about experimenting with electro-style beats. For a lot of people, that's good news. With half of Thrush Hermit in this band, it would be a shame if all their rock tendencies went AWOL.
Gradually forming the band after TH split up in 1999, Benvie and Ian McGetttigan are finally set to release their still untitled debut disc this summer. It'll contain an eclectic combo of rock and dance, so fans, says Benvie, "can expect to be constantly frustrated and pleased with what we've come up with. There's an extremely loose narrative arc that should generally satisfy."
The disc has been years in the making, partly due to time constraints and distance (Benvie was living in Montreal, while McGettigan was in Toronto). When songs began to take shape, they started taking things more seriously.
"We were very casual about the creation of the album, just recording idly and having fun. When you discover you have the makings of a real record, you inevitably start second-guessing things."
Benvie eventually moved to Toronto to join his bandmate and finish the record. When the disc finally does see the light of day, let's hope it has a long life. If not, it might be years before we hear from Camouflage Nights again.
"We're jazzed to start work on a second record," says Benvie. "At the rate we operate, it should come out sometime in 2013. "