PINK WINE, OUTTACONTROLLER and NON-STOP GIRLS at Parts and Labour, Friday, January 4. Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
Subzero temperatures and post-holiday sluggishness might've kept a large crowd away from Parts and Labour on Friday night, but they didn't stop the three bands on the bill from giving everything they had, starting with local punk duo Non-Stop Girls, who exude a manic charm and keep their tunes pleasingly brief.
Pop-punk four-piece Outtacontroller had driven all the way from Halifax and weren't going to see that Herculean effort go to waste. Despite muddy sound, their Ramonesy gang melodies and tough riffs cut through, with closer Pink Pocket Knife from their Don't Play Dumb 12-inch (released by P-Trash) standing out among the set list.
Joel French, the small but mighty singer for in-your-face Toronto garage-pop band Pink Wine, delivered non-stop entertainment from the get-go, spending much of the set on the dance floor with the friendly crowd, engaged in singalongs and waltzes. James Michael McKeever matched French's efforts thanks to an arsenal of frenzied drum fills.
We forgot the cold, and left with vinyl under our arms.