The West Coast indie pop band - Hey Ocean! - brought a vivacious performance to the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern; performing along side the Toronto bands: Whale Tooth, and Hands&Teeth on June 26th, 2011.
The boiling hot Horseshoe got even hotter after the two openers rocked the night. I got a hunch that the audience was so pumped to continue an endless night of awesome music. When Hey Ocean! finally hit the stage, it unleashed the wildness of the long-waiting crowd.
Hey Ocean! has been often listed a "must-see" artist and the Toronto show explained why as clear as crystal. The trio fed the audience with a wide range of musical styles: From Reggae to R&B influenced tunes. The number of different hats that the band wore during the night was mind-blowing; 'Fish'-reggae/bohemian rock rhapsody made the audience brim with the funky tune; Whereas the up-temp hip-hop tune, 'Beatboxer' fueled with Ashleigh Ball's rhythmical rhyming and the beat boxing by a supporting member, which took me by surprise. They also didn't forget to spoil the audience with a mellow dulcet R&B tune, "One City". The trio tided the crowed over different genres after one another.
The ability that each member of the band can put together such a diversity in sound is astonishing. However, it depends on the individual how to perceive it: Some people say "Variety is the spice of life"; Other might find it inconsistent and confusing in the direction that the trio is heading to.