The World Provider and Republic of Safety double CD launch with The Two Koreas at Sneaky Dee's, May 27. Tickets: $7. Attendance: 140. Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
If Jim Carrey and Mick Jagger had a kid, gave it an ironic moustache and stuck it in a smoky Quebec diner, you'd have Yngwie Malstain , frontman for the World Provider , who launched their CD Lost Illusions with Republic of Safety on Saturday night at Sneaky Dee's .
Clad in a cop uniform and yellow polyester tie, he commanded everyone's attention from the get-go, as though this lanky spasmodic crooner emerged straight from a 70s porn set.
"I like to be all things to all people!" announced the cocksure Malstain, backed by three ladies in white dresses á la Addicted to Love. With two keyboard players and a basic-beat drummer, the World Provider's not all that complex musically, but the show is the whole point.
You could argue that they don't need two keyboard players, but the effect is lovely. The band provided an excellent faux stoic backdrop to Malstain's manic dance moves. The crowd of hipsters adored him, especially when he stripped out of the cop uniform to reveal a gold lamé jumpsuit.
The rest of the band emerged in matching gold mini-dresses to the cheers of a packed dance floor, finishing out their set with two encores.
Malstain dances the way you do when you're all alone in your house, and sings the way someone who can only sort-of sing belts it in the shower. Somehow, he makes it work with the right amount of confidence, passion, wit and whimsy.
It doesn't hurt that he's playing in the perfect musical climate, where kitschy new wave-esque novelty acts are what the kids want to dance and swoon to. Not to mention he's got the cred Peaches produced the band's first album, and on the new EP songs like Valentine, a catchy duet with Feist, will get you dancing wherever you are.
Openers the Two Koreas , a band made up of Toronto music critics, rocked out for the shy guys. With lead vocalist Stuart Berman 's white-shoe swagger and jumpy strut, they played a solid set to a handful of early and appreciative fans.
Republic of Safety were the crowd favourites, despite a parking mishap in Montreal that made them too late to sound-check, and an ungrounded bass amp that caused the bassist to declare "I'm willing to die for rock 'n' roll."
Their high energy and good chemistry gave the audience the perfect end to a solid night of creative sweat and swagger.