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Toronto live review — Carlo Meriano at The Silver Dollar Room — November 15, 2012

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CarloMeriano Nov15 SilverDollarRoom cred Joel Gale

Total Score: 7.6/10

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Who: Carlo Meriano and friends
Where: The Silver Dollar Room
When: November 15, 2012
Organized by: Dan Burke

Crowd: Four bands were rounded up for this evening’s event as it was the official CD release of the headlining group, KUMONgA. By the time Carlo and his band came on stage the crowd became a bit smaller in size, however this allowed the band to play a more personal and powerful set .

Style: Future Folk — listening to Carlo’s music you can pick up stylistic similarities between him and Modest Mouse.

Technicalities: Being the initimate place that it is, the Dollar offers much in the way of acoustics and lighting. Carlo and his band mates Mike McGlennon (lead guitar), Dave Plowman (drums) and Sarah Keshen (guest drummer) took full advantage of the setting, offering crisp vocals and a mean guitar.

Memorable Moment: Carlo played songs off both of his albums, Sticka Ikebana and Toys Are Just, but he also showcased a few unreleased songs including “Meh”. His lead guitarist, Mike, had a solo with “I’m Going To Let You Down”. At one point Carlo broke out his harmonica, which was also pretty badass.

Sex Appeal: Carlo’s voice has a raspy quality to it, making the ladies swoon whenever they hear him sing. He also occasionally raps during his sets, throwing the crowd for a loop. That mixed with the number of instruments he may play during a show keeps the audience guessing as to what he’s going to do next (an amped toy guitar is usually part of his musical repertoire).

Memorable Songs: “Handsdown for Landsdowne”, “Plan B”, “Happy Destroyer”

Ashley’s Comments: Between his mix of electric guitar and ukulele, Carlo hits all the right notes. For the most part Carlo’s been playing solo with a backing band, but an official line-up has been formed (details for which are soon to be announced). Carlo’s two albums, Sticka Ikebana and Toys Are Just available for free download at www.carlomeriano.bandcamp.com .

Photo By: Joel Gale
Review By: Ashley Macnie

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