Like many people, I’m out of town for the holiday weekend. So this week’s Sunday Music Spotlight is a little more brief than usual. Don’t take that as a slight against the band. I’m too busy blowing things up to do a full write-up. I’ll be back next week at full-strength.
What better way to celebrate Independence Day than to highlight a band from another country? Ok, I know it doesn’t make much sense. But Toronto’s Whale Tooth makes bright, summer-friendly pop, and it matches the weather and general mood. So let’s celebrate our freedom to take in great music from all over the world and listen to some tunes.
So just who is Whale Tooth? They sum it up pretty well themselves:
Everyone can write a catchy song, but it’s a band like Whale Tooth that pack as much punch lyrically as they do musically, to really stand out in the often overcrowded Toronto scene. Traces of soul and jazz can be found sprinkled atop their summer-friendly pop rock, and this has proven to be the defining factor in winning over listeners at every venue they play.
Or perhaps it’s front woman Elise LeGrow’s commanding vocals that has the power to convert even the unlikeliest of followers, or perhaps it is their cunning ability to craft delicious hooks that will be left playing in your head for days and days…
LeGrow and her bandmates began making waves in Toronto and surrounding cities almost immediately after forming in 2007. LeGrow, already with an impressive resume as a jazz vocalist under her belt, joined forces with guitarists and co-vocalists Norm Maschke and Alex Denike and began writing some of the most honest and potent tunes this city has heard. Accompanied by the vibrant rhythm section, bassist Michael McCreary and drummer Sep Noroozi, the band hit the ground running. They soon found themselves playing a slew of shows, including appearances at CMW and NXNE.
February ’09 saw the band independently release their debut self titled EP to a sold out room of fans at Sneaky Dees. The EP has received high praise from ardent reviewers, with the only criticism being that it’s too short. The lead single “Hibernation Song” has been giving campus radio a run for their money.
Before releasing a full length, Whale Tooth will be touring all over Canada this fall, taking steps out of their adoring hometown toward new audiences on the east and west coasts – they won’t be disappointed; the energy of Whale Tooth’s live show is something to behold.
“Marlboro Beach Bonanza”
The kind of ska-influenced pop that’s a perfect soundtrack to summer beach fun.