Dirty Frigs at The Garrison, Toronto – Gig review [CMW 2015]

May 6, 2015
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Dirty Frigs at The Garrison, CMW 2015 - photo Brian Banks

Who: Dirty Frigs, Programm
Where: The Garrison, Toronto
When: Tuesday, 5 May 2015
In One Word: Catatonic

I arrived at the Garrison in time to see Whitby, ON’s Programm, the maturation of Volcano Playground, come to a boil. I liked their first band a lot, I like this one too. Programm’s music hits a vibe with a regularity the original band couldn’t muster. Version 2.0. Stronger, broodier, more melodic. Lots to appreciate.

Let’s talk more about volcanoes. Dirty Frigs are a hot, sticky mess. They exploded tonight at the Garrison. Leading the eruption was singer and guitarist Bri Salmena, who backed by her three male bandmates, flew the flag for girl power at ladies night at CMW. Forget about ‘energy’ and ‘crowd engagement’, Salmena was bordering on catatonic as she sung and led the line with pure intensity, ending the set by walking into the crowd with the microphone and testing people’s personal spaces.

“Swampy” showcases the band in one song – dark, twisted, squirming, bringing daggers, curled lips and a natural swagger. This is music from some kind of sweet abyss. Definitely something to be explored further — to see what kinds of dark and sticky places Dirty Frigs may lead you to.

© Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice

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