Local album release shows always carry that reunion tour vibe and mostly because everything goes to the wolves. They’re also the kind of live show that prompts your Mom to wait up for you with her fanny pack first aid kit and PROTEST THE HERO’s recent “slobber-knocker” was no different. The group’s gig at Toronto’s Sound Academy (November 9th) was packed with beards and leather and featured Brighton’s ARCHITECTS and Ottawa outfit THE KINDRED, two faves that spent most of the night splitting heads with old material and subtle hints of the future.
Having once played smaller spots like Lee’s Palace and the Bovine Sex Club, Protest put on a kitchen sink of a show with quips about Rob Ford, a churning mass of riffs, and one appetizing set that cruised through Volition, Scurrilous, Fortress, and Kezia. The aftermath included a few bruises from unbelievable moments (their encore turned out to be “Blindfolds Aside”) but it definitely brought out the Whitby kid in all of us. Check out our photo sets below.
THE KINDRED (FORMERLY: TODAY I CAUGHT THE PLAGUE)
PROTEST THE HERO