Freak Heat Waves Townehouse Tavern, Sudbury ON, August 11
Published Aug 12, 2016Victoria's Freak Heat Waves touched down in Sudbury Thursday for an evening of serviceable, if somewhat underwhelming, guitar music.
A significant chunk of the group's most recent LP, last year's Bonnie's State of Mind, was left absent from the setlist, as the band opted for their guitar-oriented material over their much stronger and more immediate synth-infused work.
That's not to say the show didn't have its moments. The band showed time and again that they're more than capable of crafting worthy post-rock guitar flourishes and punchy bass lines. The issue was that was all they seemed to craft Thursday night (August 11), leaving no room for some much-needed variation. The vocals, heavily filtered through an interesting but ultimately silly robotic-sounding patch, were at least a step towards experimentation.
Freak Heat Waves are by no means a generic band; their last LP was an interesting mixture of post-punk and vapourware sensibilities. It's a shame that they couldn't quite capture that energy live at Up Here fest.