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Toronto live review – The Maladies of Adam Stokes at Lee’s Palace – November 24, 2012

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The Maladies Of Adam Stokes - Cred: Jason Hodgins

The Maladies Of Adam Stokes – Cred: Jason Hodgins


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Who: The Maladies of Adam Stokes
Lee’s Palace
November 24,2012
Presented by:
The Maladies of Adam Stokes – CD release party for the bands first album, City of Trees

Crowd: Lee’s isn’t that big of a venue, and I’ve been to shows here where there was only a handful of people in the crowd, but The Maladies had the place PACKED. There was a lot of good energy in the venue that night.

Style: Folk-rock with a whole variety of instruments, including three electric guitars, a bass, drums, tambourine, piano, fiddle, lap steel guitar, trumpet and a guest appearance of a banjo.

Technicalities: guitarist and lead singer Mikey Hill lost sound on his guitar at one point, but it was quickly fixed by switching up amps. Other than that everything else went off without a hitch. The band even provided free lyric books at their merch table, something which I’ve never seen at a show before.

Memorable moment: Before they started to play Type You Forget, guitarist Kohji Nagata admitted to the crowd “We’ve definitely never played to a crowd like this before”, prompting bassist Brett Harris to cross the stage in order to shake his hand. During this same song all members of two other bands on the bill, Hustler & Trustworthy and Graydon James and the Young Novelists, came on stage to join in on the singing. It was one of those moments when you can only stand there and watch with a smile on your face as you think to yourself “Shit, this is fucking incredible!”

Sex appeal: Sexy, raspy lead vocals backed by smooth harmonies + wicked instrumentals = many swooning audience members, and not just the ladies.

Memorable song: See You In Another Life — the bluesy guitar riff that carries throughout the song is amazing.

Comments: A whole-hearted and much deserved 8 out of 10. This band is well on their way to a successful career.


Review By: Ashley Macnie
Photos By:: Jason Hodgins



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