I know, I know. A lot of people (myself included) talk a lot of shit about how great this band is and how great that band is, but when it comes to The Town Heroes, I can totally put my money where my mouth is. And by that I mean I bought a hoodie. Only the best of the best bands can pull off selling hoodies! (Also, it’s stupid soft. Top. Notch.)
1. As a rock duo, The Town Heroes sound louder and fuller than most 3, 4, and 5 piece bands of their style. I overheard someone saying they had a hard time convincing the bar staff at the front of the venue that there were only two dudes on stage.
2. Speaking of style, a member of the audience said to me at one point that, “they sound like Tracy Chapman, Sheryl Crow, and Goo Goo Dolls had an orgy”. I never thought of it that way, but it was a good observation. You could also throw Muse in there thanks to Mike’s epic vocals.
3. Mike’s epic vocals. His range is of the “OMFG” class – the kind that sounds better live than on record, if you can believe it.
4. The sheer dramatic value of their music makes up for lack of stage presence (other than watching Bruce popping and locking to the beat as if his drums are playing him instead of vice versa). I spent half the set with my eyes closed in order to fully take in the spectacular sounds that are so unique to The Town Heroes.
5. Guitar tech geeks, this one’s for you: Mike uses both a guitar and bass amp via split signal along with an octave pedal to adjust the octave of various strings while he plays in order to achieve the illusory output of more than one instrument. And he sings like holy f**k.
“Thank you all so much for coming out on a Wednesday night,” Mike greeted the crowd with a typically shy demeanor. “…it is Wednesday, right?”
It was Wednesday, and it was a great time. The only complaint I have is that it ended too soon, and that it might be another year before the boys make it back to Toronto for round-I-lost-count of good times and greater music.
The Town Heroes released their latest full length Please, Everyone in November 2015. (So polite). Check out the video for the title track here.
Review by Vanessa Markov
Photographs by Gideon Greenbaum-Shinder
Edited by Jesse Kline