TANGIERS at the Garrison (1197 Dundas West), Saturday, June 15, midnight. NXNE wristband or $15. nxne.com.
Seeing as every 90s alt-rock band has reunited, it was just a matter of time before the bright lights of the early 00s got another kick at the can, too. Tangiers were once tagged Toronto's answer to the Strokes, but in retrospect their take on rock 'n' roll revivalism was more than that. They balanced art rock tendencies with a reverence for the classic rock canon.
After an intense run of hype, they imploded in 2006. Now they're reuniting for the Hand Drawn Dracula label showcase at NXNE.
"You can't really control what people like the most, but out of all the weird projects [the various members] have done over the years, this is the band that worked out the best for all us," says co-founder Josh Reichmann on a sunny afternoon in Trinity Bellwoods Park.
Not that the reunion is a cold-hearted attempt to cash in on nostalgia and hit the hipster casino circuit. Though the band's amped about playing the old songs again, they have no plans to tour or make Tangiers a full-time concern.
"When people heard about it, we got some offers and were approached to be an actual band again. We got really excited for a minute and got that spun-out feeling bands get when they're being affirmed by other people. But we've decided to pull back and just do this show."
Tangiers went through many lineups over the years. The NXNE one will include Reichmann, Yuri Didrichsons, Marco Moniz and James Sayce, who all played on their 2003 debut, Hot New Spirits. As fondly as Reichmann remembers that time, he accepts that Tangiers weren't ready to move up to the next level despite the mountain of hype behind them.
"The bottom line is that we weren't fortified and mature enough to do that at the time. We were unhinged, which was also part of the energy of it. Our shows were pretty bananas, and they were like that on purpose. It was a real dysfunctional rock band, but that was our trade."