Countless people gathered to fill the Garrison to capacity on Saturday, January 28th, filled with hope and excitement to witness the first show in 2012 of Toronto/Montreal psychedelic noise opera collective, Yamantaka//Sonic Titan. This show was probably the most buzzed gig of the weekend, covered by numerous media outfits, including Now Magazine BlogTO and the Grid, yet the self-acclaimed, 'Noh-Wave' collective lived up to their hype by the phenomenal stage setup and performance.
With a blast of thunder, dragons arose on the stage, swimming through the sea of collected audience. At last, fully dressed in white facial make-up and kimono, they emerged on the stage. The lead singer, Ruby Kato Attwood dressed as a Miko, a shrine maiden, stayed apathetic during the 'Counting Track', which left her mysterious, while the drummer Alaska B slammed her drums, '18.104.22.168..."-while her counting compellingly echoed throughout the venue. It seemed as if the whole venue was transferred to a whole different world, the world originally constituted by their 'Noh-Wave' tunes.
It is also worth mentioning that their formidable supporting members, including the guitarist, John Ancheta and keyboard player Brendan Swanson, which my eyes were glued to amid the slick artistic performance.