Foxtrott, Beliefs, She-Devils and more
FOXTROTT, BELIEFS, SHE-DEVILS, PRINCE INNOCENCE as part of WAVELENGTH MUSIC FESTIVAL at the Garrison (1197 Dundas West), Friday to Sunday (February 12-14), $12, pass $39. ticketfly.com.
This year, the Wavelength Music Festival coincides with Valentine’s Day, which means the 16th annual indie concert series will unwittingly become the backdrop for romantic evenings of all stripes. No matter if you’re single, on a first date or in a long-term relationship, there’s a show for you whether you enjoy dreamy pop, transfixing shoegaze or seriously addictive electro.
Depending on the song, the static-filled 60s pop of She-Devils can feel equal parts “I want to slow dance with you to Nancy Sinatra” or “I want to be alone with this beer and contemplate my existence” – which basically are the only two outcomes of a first date. “I’ve written songs while breaking up, the ups and downs of single life… then the light comes back and a flame grows within and you’re in love – lots of songs about that,” says Audrey Ann, lead singer and one-half of the Montreal duo. “Ninety per cent of our songs are love songs!”
She-Devils play Sunday (February 14).
It’s true, shoegaze music was made for wallowing. After all, the genre’s seminal band is called My Bloody Valentine. Yet there’s a strong argument to be made that the music of Toronto’s Beliefs is best suited to making lovey-dovey eyes across a sweaty venue. Like falling in love, singer/guitarist Jesse Crowe says their music “is about getting lost in and washed away by the feelings that are the most overwhelming.” The visceral guitar swells and woozy dual vocals will make for an emotional atmosphere, guaranteed.
Beliefs play Saturday (February 13).
“Our music is for the heartbroken and empty,” say Talvi Faustmann and Josh McIntyre of Prince Innocence. Although they were a couple when they started the R&B-pop band, their relationship ended last spring. “When what you do for living overlaps with who you’re dating,” they explain, “it can be simultaneously magical and infuriating.” Fittingly, plenty of their songs are melancholic slow burners, but they’re also known to play a cover of Cheree, by Suicide, one of McIntyre’s favourite love songs.
Prince Innocence play Sunday (February 14).
Firstly, thank you, Leslie Knope, for creating Galentine’s Day, a holiday on February 13 when women can forget about significant others and #squadgoals and celebrate lady friends instead. This year we’re celebrating a day early with Foxtrott, aka one-woman wonder Marie-Hélène Delorme. The electro pop star describes her music as suitable for the “anxious and the reflective, the happily newly divorced, the passionate new love,” but with her infectious beats and acrobatic vocals, it’s for dancing with platonic pals, too.
Foxtrott plays Friday (February 12).