My roommate eagerly messaged me on Facebook on Friday night.
"There's a show at Canoe Club! The Wild Romantics!" I thought briefly on it for a moment before my classic YES! I'd heard of the band before, vaguely. I hadn't heard any of their music, but I'm never one to turn down a show. I didn't listen to any songs beforehand, I have a habit of diving into a show completely unknown, no expectations, no idea.
We showed up about a half an hour before the show started and ordered some food. I love the Canoe Club, tucked away at the end of Swift Street in Victoria, it rests upon the ocean and boasts a huge venue, perfect for food and live performances. We sat at the bar, ordered some food, and the band prepared to start playing, setting up equipment. At 9:30 they started playing.
I've been to a ton of shows, it's what I do, and it's what I love doing. Music catches me, whether I'm listening to it, or a part of it. This time I experienced it. I was hooked from the first song. We decided to switch tables and sit at the front to watch the performance, because with the Wild Romantics, the performance is part of their act.
The layered male and female vocals of Evan and Aleisha provide a depth of passion to their unique sound - it exudes sexuality, it tells a story, it gets you hooked. The sound draws you in, but to watch these two interact on and off stage, it truly is a show.
They performed two one hour sets and never faltered. Before, between, and after sets, the band members were flitting about the crowd, making friends, coming to chat with every table - personable and part of the whole experience. By the time the first set was over I was flying over to the ATM to purchase a copy of their debut EP She Could Tell, which is available for purchase on iTunes, or you can stream it on Spotify.
If you can though, I would suggest making it a priority to go see this band.
Their Western Canada tour still has a few remaining dates, two on the Island, two in Vancouver, and then they'll be closing up during Rifflandia music festival this year, which is one of my favorite festivals - and I'll be making sure that I'm going to listen to their EP and be in the front row, dancing away, singing along, and watching the magic that this group produces.
For more info on The Wild Romantics, booking, everything you need to know, you can check out their official website at www.thewildromantics.com
You can also find them on YouTube for more music, and give them a like on Facebook for the latest news.
Thank you guys for absolutely blowing my mind, and the CD. I'll see you guys at Rifflandia!