I had to choke back tears last week during NXNE; I wasn't able to get in to a fully-packed Sneaky Dee's when P.E.I. pop rockers - Paper Lions - were in town. I swore to myself that I would see them when they hit Toronto next and within a week they came back to play the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern.
Through a Facebook contest; I won two free tickets to their show. So I brought my friend Martin along for the ride and we excitedly set up camp in front. I got exactly what I wanted from the band: catchy danceable verses with witty lyrics, and their cordial live performance with captivating tracks from their latest EP, "Trophies." The audience bathed in the astounding hooks - to name a few; 'Don't touch the Dial', 'Trouble', and 'I'm on Fire'. When the band performed, 'Sweat it out'; which is the anthem of our generation - it created a fun sing-along with the crowd, "I sweat it out, 9-5, sweat it out, Friday night"
Moreover, it exceeded my anticipation by unleashing a few new songs, including 'Philadelphia' (with a witty story of a family trip), and 'Sandcastles.' These tracks made me even thrilled to know that Paper Lions are capable of composing even more alluring tunes. Closing their show with, 'Lost the War', the audience was enamoured with the PEI pop rock sensation.
P.S I got the set list of the night. But who put it on the paper plate!?- and it says at the side, "These kids wear crowns"