GOING LIVE: Mark Lanegan

MARK LANEGAN
THE MOD CLUB, TORONTO / MAY 15TH

MARK LANEGAN’s grizzled voice box is a force of nature. Many songwriters who hold stained voices have graced stages over the year, but the Seattle vet decapitates with a certain level of  direct approach that it slithers around the ear and sweeps in the chilling bite to his voice, much like his recent solo flicker Blues Funeral. At The Mod Club in Toronto, it was on full display, tearing through two decades of releases – including his Screaming Trees catalog – while the low-lit stage soaked in the dim shred of his baritone. It wasn’t brash, but it was damn sure asphyxiating.

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