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Heart Attack Kids at Handlebar – CMW 2016 Live Review

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Heart Attack Kids at Handlebar – CMW 2016 Live Review

Photo Cred: Vanessa Markov

Photo Cred: Vanessa Markov

When:  CMW May 6, 2016
Where: Handlebar (159 Augusta Ave)

Total Score: 7.6

Visual/Sound Presentation: 8
Stage Presence: 7
Music Ability: 8
Crowd Reception: 8
Wow Factor: 7

Every CMW, there are a handful of gems you wish you didn’t miss, and Heart Attack Kids release party at Kensington Market’s favourite hole in the wall tops this year’s edition. The London based garage punk duo is the latest pride and joy of Toronto punk rock label Underground Operations for good reason.  The barely legal pair being an outstanding example of a beloved genre reincarnated in a new generation of music that stands as tall on its own as it is true to its roots. Goodbye 2000s pussy punk; hello Heart Attack Kids.

With more amps on stage than there are members in the band, the midnight set was a perfect blend of pedal fueled guitar wizardry and headbanger hooks that stick for days. The immediate and relentless buildup of energy quickly carved out a small stage-front mosh pit with at least one diehard occasionally stepping up to scream lyrics nose to nose with singer/guitarist Jared Ellul. Behind Jared, sweat soaked drummer Nathan Stock was a legit beast on the kit, holding the crowd’s attention by the balls from start to finish.

There really are no words that could justify this band better than hearing and seeing it for yourself. Check out their freshly released debut record No Future (personal favourites: “Platonic Love Bomb” and “Eh Ok”) on Spotify and grab a sexy blue vinyl at

By: Lisa Granger


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