YACHT CLUB with BRUSQUE TWINS at The River Gambler, Sunday, September 23. Rating: NNNN
This sweater-weather boat cruise, organized by burgeoning Toronto imprint Pretty Pretty Records and Dan Burke, was a fitting debut for Yacht Club, the latest in a string of projects from Fucked Up's prolific guitarist Ben Cook.
After a quick sprinkling of rain, the River Gambler, an old river boat moored at the foot of Parliament, left port for a picturesque afternoon along the city's edge. Opening the show, which took place below deck (there had been plans to have two stages, but the conditions topside proved too cold and windy) was Montreal minimal-noir duo Brusque Twins, who hopped an early-morning Mega Bus right after their set at Pop Montreal. Their swells of searing, slow-mo synths and dreamlike vocals had the captive audience mesmerized.
The highlight came next, when Yacht Club unfurled an upbeat party-starter set that featured their infectious new single, Flash, a feel-good slice of bouncy 80s pop that'll jangle around in your head for days. Yacht Club's easy-breezy style is far from Cook's hardcore roots, but now looks like his most promising project to date.