Artful Vandelays @ Horseshoe Tavern on June 9th, 2012
Six months seemed like forever - Toronto rock band, Artful Vandelays at last broke their silence and returned to the Horseshoe Tavern on June 9th, with The Bigups, Dan Kosub and Lamont James.
The reason behind their hiatus was to veer away from their Radiohead/Muse soundalike rock tunes, which no longer fitted with what they wanted to pursue from their sound. Abandoning all their old tunes, the quartet crafted new tunes that define the new Artful Vandelays in the last six months.
With that being said, they delivered six brand new tracks to the long-awaiting audience. The initial track, Education was the instant hooker with three layers of vigorous drum beats. My attention was drawn to how each individual crafted their own individual sound. As if each member was sewing musical seams into a quilt. Rearranged Songlines sounded well put together, in the ravelment of the flawless baseline and resonating guitar riffs. The only song that the band kept from their previous shows was a old new song, Lucid, which refreshed up their performance with the uptemp pop rock tune. The audience stayed very attentive to study each of the new songs, but during this song they seemed to really enjoy the familiar song. It is just a matter of time for the audience to learn all the new songs as they have distinctive hooks to each songs. Each song extracts each member's personality better than the old songs did.
Artful Vandelays closed their set with another new tune, Twinkle, which was a total blast. Despite the song title, this song was the most aggressive tone of the night, casting thunder storms onto the stage. It's good to have you guys back on the scene. It was a great opening to the new chapter of Artful Vandelays.