Who: John XII, Without, They Might Be Fascists
Where: Bovine Sex Club, Toronto
When: 22 April 2016
In one word: Banging
As I entered the fray, Friday night’s show headliner John XII singer Max Deneau was rising from his knees, striding into the crowd, screaming at the tip of his lungs. It might have been three years since I last stepped into the Bovine – Christmas Day, 2012? – part of the romance of dirty old Queen and Bathurst died for me when the Big Bop closed its doors and turned into whatever gentrified piece of crap it turned into. But tonight quickly turned into a classic night out down at dirty ol’ Queen and Bathurst.
Two hours of tight, banging noise and metal were delivered by John XII, Without and They Might Be Fascists. Somewhere in the blur and din, I remember Without signing off with a couple of neck-injury inducing numbers with “Parallel” and “1000 Cuts” Then They Might Be Fascists took the ShurePG58 shaped baton and ran with it – quickly adding to the overall fun and debauchery of the evening, not least when one punter lay on the floor and got water boarded with alcohol while others ran ring-around-the-Rosie around him – thankfully, he survived without getting his face stood on. Later on, Fascists’ guitarist Jeremy Sachedina tapped out with a mini solo on “No Gods, No Monsters”, as Fascists and company brought the kind of din and sin that the Bovine Sex Club was built for.
Waterboarding, whiplash and metal? A grand night out, for anyone.
© Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice
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