FAN DEATH with PARALLELS at Sneaky Dee's. Friday, February 6 Rating: NNNN
With the British press tripping over their hyperbole to proclaim the glittering disco ladies of Vancouver's Fan Death the next band of the minute, there was a palpable mix of curiosity and suspicion in the air at their T.O. debut.
Veteran DJ Erol Alkan is pushing Fan Death hard overseas with his production of their symphonic dance floor buster Veronica's Veil, which is a hot track indeed, but nothing fellow Pacific Northwesters Glass Candy didn't already perfect last year.
Fan Death mostly lived up to their hype thanks to the transfixing presence of frontwoman Dandi Wind, who's boundless disco aerobics pleasantly distracted from DF's mid-set lag. Marta Jaciubek-McKeever - the Martin Gore to Dandi's Dave Gahan - provided understated cool behind her keyboard, adding Moroder melodies and a husky vocal backup.
But the show wouldn't get such high grades without a slaying set by openers Parallels, the hugely promising local band who we should be fawning over in the most excitedly-British way possible.