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Poor Young Things & Gloryhound at Cafe Dekcuf- Ottawa Review

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Poor Young Things

Poor Young Things

Who: Poor Young Things and Gloryhound
From: Thunder Bay, Ontario/Halifax, Nova Scotia
Where: Café Dekcuf, Ottawa
When: Tuesday May 21


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Style: Guitar-driven Rock, with pop inclinations

Crowd: Café Dekcuf is no Carnegie Hall; dingy, small, and distinctly indie, it’s the perfect setting for a mish-mash of people. It was a mixed bag; some toe-tappers, some wall flowers, some folks sinking into their seats, and some go-getters packed against the stage. The band jived well with the modest collection.

Technicalities: Two Vox’s, a Silvertone, and a Fender DeVille were crammed onto the two-tiered stage; if you can manage to screw that up, just stop. The sound tech did a wonderful job bringing out the drool-worthy tones the boys pumped out. Despite losing a tom during the first song, Poor Young Things’ fiercely-bearded drummer Konrad Commisso finished the song without missing a beat (pun intended).

Sex Appeal: Call me crazy, but I’d much rather see a group of grinning, sweat-ridden dudes, swinging slick guitars around through time-tested tone-monsters than a stage packed with bikini-clad backup dancers from Maxim. They looked like true Canadian rock luminaries, and they’ve only just released their debut. In true Canadian fashion, Gloryhound’s flow-haired frontman Evan Meisner, and Poor Young Things’ own Matt Frapietro both rocked jean jackets, and quite well.

Memorable Moment: Before explaining that they haven’t given it a shot in a little while, the band ripped into MGMT’s “Electric Feel”. If you haven’t experienced that tune through three guitars and a raw, gut-busting vocal performance, you really should.

Overall: The show marked the beginning of Poor Young Things’ Canadian tour, and more importantly, the release of their debut LP with Bumstead Productions, The Heart. The Head. The End. The record is insatiably confident and incredibly versatile; be it a spur of the moment roadtrip, slurping back cold brews with some fellows, or stoned backyard jams at 2 in the morning, the record packs a punch that lands across many platforms. The gig was blazing; openers Gloryhound, out of Halifax, revved the engine with just over half an hour of crunchy, tasty hard rock. If you want to hear what it would sound like if John Lennon had pursued some hard-edged singing, Meisner’s howls and croons will help you indulge that fantasy. The two young bands are an incredible combo, and the tour they’re embarking on won’t be one to miss. The likes of Matt Mays and the Trews are still going strong, but they’d better watch their backs; Poor Young Things and Gloryhound are hot on the trail, and have a taste for ear-worm guitar hooks and stinging vocals.

Review: Luke Ottenhof


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