Put the Rifle Down
at the Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), 1 am
Who: Local electro synth-pop foursome whose dance-heavy and dance-inducing jams recall the heyday of New Order as well as the energy of Minor Threat.
Why: They’ve been honing their show for close to four years now, and it just keeps getting better. Between the hyper-melodic keys and the pulsating bass lines, singer Mike Countryman is a natural band leader whose impassioned voice lends urgency and intensity to the music.
Buzz factor: High. You may want to see them in an intimate setting while you can, judging by the attention they’ve been getting lately. Aside from opening up for buzz bands like Crystal Castles, Tokyo Police Club and Teenagers, they were recently invited (didn’t even have to apply) to play SXSW. Aaaand their debut full-length comes out in May on Montreal-based Summer Lovers Unlimited. Due to a Visa fiasco, the SXSW show was a no-go, but they’re already looking ahead to CMJ this fall as well as next year in Texas. For now, they just want to continue doing what they do best, having fun and playing loud music; the rest should come naturally.