I discovered Day 2 Deja Vu by complete accident. It was the case of being in the wrong place at the right time. You see, I was meant to be seeing The Most Serene Republic play a CD release show but I’d mistakenly gone to the Mod Club instead of the Horseshoe Tavern. After a 45-minute wait in the pissing rain, I’d taken a bus then a street car to arrive at the Mod Club at some time before 11pm where D2DV had just began playing. At that point I had just figured they were the support band and I was expecting The Most Serene Republic to come on at midnight. It wasn’t until they’d finished their set that I’d realised they were playing their own CD release show.
I’d never seen or heard of Day 2 Deja Vu before – and I had to ask around after the gig to find out who I’d just seen – but their impact was immediate. As I stood sussing out the music from this power trio, I grew increasingly interested in what I was hearing. Day 2 Deja Vu played a set of bullish, uptempo rock with enough of a groove to get some girls dancing and also enough power to keep the blokes interested. It’s not the heavy, devil horns raising kind of vibe, but there’s a kick to it all and enough venom in the tail to make it legit and more than just passable. Stylistically, Foo Fighters and Eagles Of Death Metal could be used as a couple of loose reference points as to the band’s influences.
D2DV’s song “Lay You Down” is a good example of their vibe, with a song being aimed at both getting the ladies dancing and getting them in the sack. This was one of the highlights of D2DV’s set, and I liked how Jeff (guitar) and Sean (bass) spat out it’s chorus of “You look so good, You look so fine”: decent radio play potential for this song. Other moments were a bit less convincing, and the weakest point was “Heel Toe Express” which just sounded amateurish, with the lyrics being a bit too deliberate and pretty corny. One or two dud moments from a new band should not be dwelled upon and are more of an inverted compliment to the quality of the rest of their material.
For a new band, Day 2 Deja Vu played with a lot of assurance,and made good use of the ample stage space afforded to them as just three, with plenty of bursts of energy that were accented by some good work by the lighting tech. Their set was tight and clearly well practiced. Overall, first impressions are very good. I expect to see this Newmarket, Ontario band playing downtown Toronto more regularly in the near future. Well worth checking out.
After Day 2 Deja Vu finished up, I’d waited around till past midnight before I finally clocked on that I was in the wrong venue. I’d sat in the corner for twenty minutes or so jotting a few notes about D2DV and laughing at some mad Chinese geezer on the dance floor… then finally a light bulb went off; “Oh shit, it’s UK Underground on a Saturday night at Mod Club!”. I guess the fact the DJ was spinning Metric and Yeah Yeah Yeah’s had thrown me off guard – not exactly what I’d call “UK Underground”. I hope he played “Hang the DJ” later on. Anyway, I was pleased that I’d stumbled across this band, and after joking with the guy on the door who’d let me in as list with a nod, I took my own Heel Toe Express to leg it to the Horseshoe Tavern in time to see the closing moments of The Most Serene Republic. Two good shows in one night? Nice. Gotta love those musical misadventures.
© Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice
Pictures of Day 2 Deja Vu at the Mod Club, Toronto: