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CMW 2013 Live Review – The Maladies Of Adam Stokes

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CMW 2013 Live Review — The Maladies Of Adam Stokes

Adam Stokes - Free Times Cafe - Cred: Andrej Ivanov

CMW The Maladies of Adam Stokes – Free Times Cafe – Cred: Andrej Ivanov

TOTAL SCORE: 8.6/10
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Who: The Maladies of Adam stokes
From: Toronto, ON
Where: Free Times Cafe – Toronto, ON
When: Saturday  March 23th – (1am)

The Crowd: The back room at the Free Times was jam packed!  There wasn’t a seat left in the house.   People were also lined up against the wall and into the entry way for The Maladies Of Adam Stokes. “this is actuallly the most full it’s been In four days” said stage manager Jon Wishart.

Style: Intelligent country alt- rock.   The Maladies jump from fun filled country rock to serious folk indie rock.   Some songs are dark, some are light, all are well written.

Technicalities: There were pluses and minuses to The Maladies playing such small room.   There is the intimate value of it, however they deserve a bigger stage.  (see article about lees palace performance).   The drums and keys  were off to each side of the stage as there was nowhere else to fit them.   Most things were not mic’d up, which would normally be fine, but not when the vocals started to feed back.   CMW should have put Maladies on a bigger stage (maybe The Phoenix?), they deserve much better.    That being said,  songs like “City Of Trees” felt very intimate in this nice acoustic small space and I overheard a comment from someone saying this was the best show they’ve seen them play.

Memorable Song/Moment:   When the band was talking about their album “Please download the whole thing from bandcamp” said guitarist Kohji Nagata which was followed by “or just steal it from somewhere” from front man Mikey Hill   I love it when a band understands the concept that no ones buys albums anymore and The Maladies get it!  They are here to share their music with you.  This was followed by Kingdom Come song which included some Iron Maiden style guitar harmonies – wicked!   Pretty much the best thing I heard all night.

Sex Appeal/Image:  The Maladies have the right look for their sound.

Comments:  The maladies of Adam stokes kept getting better and better with each song.   They are a good example of a band that is not afraid to be themselves.   They write excellent songs, no gimmicks, no tricks and they are going places.

Review By: Darrell Shelley
Photos By: Andrej Ivanov

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CMW The Maladies of Adam Stokes - Cred: Andrej Ivanov

CMW The Maladies of Adam Stokes – Cred: Andrej Ivanov