MIMICO with BELLA AKIRA and NEW FRIES as part of FEAST IN THE EAST at Gerrard Art Space, Saturday, January 4. Rating: NNN
When the Feast In The East concert series started in the spring of 2011, it seemed like a cheeky response to the perception that the west end of Toronto was becoming too expensive to support the vibrant underground live music scene it had once been known for. Thirty-three shows later, it has proven that there's an undeniably strong young artistic community establishing itself on the other side of the Don Valley. They've changed locations a few times since it launched, but the overall concept has remained constant: DIY venue, great local bands and free food.
Pairing the hypnotic droning space rock of headliners Mimico with the angular post punk of openers Bella Akira and New Fries was an odd aesthetic choice, but loud volume in a small space meant that no one was in danger of nodding off. Combining elements of chugging Krautrock with sludgy hard rock riffing and chilly goth atmospherics for a sound that's familiar but not derivative, Mimico seemed charmingly unsure of how to respond to applause, although musically they came across much more assertive than on their recordings.