OPOPO at Supermarket (268 August, 416-840-0501), Friday (June 13), 1 am. $12, free w/ NXNE wristband (see page 62). Rating: NNNNN
Don’t be intimidated by their menacing masked MySpace photos. Local robot-rockers Opopo just want you to jump around.
“We want to have crazy fun. And we want to see people get really rowdy,” says vocalist and guitarist Bryan Sutherland.
While their shows have always been spastic and hyperactive affairs, the trio actually have a lot to be excited about. Signed to Toronto’s up-and-coming Urbnet imprint (OK Cobra, Eternia), Opopo dropped their self-titled debut EP less than a month ago, and already big things are starting to happen. After being featured on both the Canadian and American MySpace Music pages, the band’s player has been buzzing non-?stop, racking up as many as 20,000 plays per day.
“It’s amazing,” says bassist Craig Macgregor, “but time-consuming because we like to respond to every message.”
“And it’s nice to get positive feedback, because we’ve been working on the songs for so long,” says synth player Corey Poole.
Sutherland agrees, adding that “even the criticisms we’ve received we’ve taken really well.”
“We’ve actually agreed with most of them,” Macgregor laughs.
While the trio are definitely proud of their debut effort, which sounds like a short, catchy blast of club-?inspired electro in the vein of Klaxons-meets-Daft Punk, they’re already looking ahead to their next recording session.
“We have so many ideas, all we want to do is start on the full-?length,” says the enthusiastic Sutherland.
The band’s touring schedule is about to kick into high gear, so recording might have to wait.
“It’s hilarious,” says Macgregor, “We’ve only ever played two out-of-town shows, both in Guelph, and we just got booked to play in Århus, Denmark.”
He’s talking about a showcase the band recently scored at the ultra-hip SPOT Music Festival, a nexus for cutting-edge Scandinavian (and international) indie talent since 1994.
“On the way back, we’ve got a stopover in London from midnight until 11 am, so we’re going to drink and dance for a few hours and then get back on a plane,” says Sutherland mischievously.
Check in to see if the boys survive their Scandinavian adventure when they tear the roof off the Supermarket at NXNE. And don’t forget to dance!