|AFFINITY’s Ashley Curtis|
November 17, 2012 – Paint and AFFINITY were on the bill last Tuesday at C’est What? on Front and Church. It was a perfect opportunity to see a couple bands I’d had been wanting to see for a while. C’est What? is restaurant and brew pub and is a beer lover’s paradise. It has a great relaxed environment with a phenomenal selection of craft beers. I went with the Cameron’s lager, the bartender’s recommendation and certainly didn’t regret it.
AFFINITY was up first. The band’s played a number of local shows lately including the Mod Club in June, but the schedule never seemed to work for me. Affinity is a female fronted rock band. In Toronto, that’s nothing new. To quote Goose, the list is long but distinguished. Die Mannequin, The Balconies, Little Foot Long Foot, Bella Clava, Diemonds, SUMO CYCO, POLARITY to name but a few, are all fronted by dynamic women who are as talented as as they are hot.
On Tuesday Affinity took a break from their hard rocking ways to play an acoustic set at C’est What? It was an opportunity for Ashley Curtis and the band to showcase their melodic side. The songs translate really well to the acoustic treatment, a indicator of great songwriting. They also played the Foos’ The Pretender which was awesome. Looking forward to catching the full band in the regular electric format in a show soon.
|Paint’s Robb Johannes and Ryan Carruthers on guitar|
Paint is a compelling original band I would compare to Live. Singer Robb Johannes at times evokes Live’s Ed Kowalczyk and at others Michael Stipe, Stephen Page or Gordon Downie, an eclectic and entertaining mix to be sure. He has an easy charisma and confident swagger. Their songs are a modern melodic pop filled with clean guitar licks. The band played some new songs on Tuesday that will win over the band’s ever growing fan base.
|Robb Johannes and Ryan Carruthers on guitar|
Review and photos by Steve Mallinson