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THE INTERNET at the Virgin Mobile Mod Club, Friday, August 10. Rating: NNN
A small but devout audience crowded around the Mod Club stage for the Toronto debut of The Internet, an experimental neo-soul outfit fronted by Syd The Kid of Los Angeles hip-hop collective Odd Future.
Earlier this year the band released an album of druggy love songs and meandering jazzy instrumentals overlaid with misty pop melodies and named after an acid tab: Purple Naked Ladies.
A four-piece band that included producer Matt Martians on keys whipped the record's porous sound into a surprisingly muscular and energetic but bland variety of twinkling, lounge-y funk that kept the crowd on their toes but lacked atmosphere.
Syd is just as cool and self-assured a presence at the front of the stage as she is when she's hanging in the back as OF's beatmeister.
Her voice is soulful and dusky but singing - as she put it - "all falsetto n' shit" required a little more effort.
Despite her cocky rep, she maintained a chatty and easy-going rapport with her shrieking fans that was enjoyable but would've been better suited to a more intimate venue.