June 20, 2011

Monokino @ the Garrison (NXNE)

The city was occupied with tons of events on the last day of NXNE- MMVA, Luminato, the Taste of little Italy, the Taste of Toronto, and of course, a number of people also spent their evening with their daddy on Father's day.
It wasn't Lady Gaga or Justin Beiber who made my night. If you weren't at the Garrison last night, then you surely missed a phenomenal performance by Amsterdam pop duo, Monokino. As they began to show up at the very quiet venue, I sensed the anxiousness from the band as there was hardly anybody getting close to the stage. However, any signs of fear seemed to vanish once the duo started their performance and people started to gather around them.

The set was eye-opener: two dudes on the stage with a single guitar, a bunch of synths equipment and an empty drum set. Tweaking the synth dials and launching melodically beams, they slid distorted guitar riffs and high-pitched voice in between. To my surprise, the synth player jumped on the drums time to time to escalate the synth coated fun rhythm. The exorbitant beats were irresistible. I was recording a video to post about them on the blog, but I couldn't help tapping my toe with the rhythm. I had to tell myself a couple of times to stop shaking the camera. 

Their set had changed its tone when the duo injected the audience with two final songs of fuzzy rock sensation. 'Someone Strange' was composed in a particularly odd, yet luring way. It left me with a great sense of satisfaction.

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