Opening night of Canadian Music Week (CMW) offers so many great acts across the city it’s often difficult to nail down the best one. There are of course the official parties and galas at the finer establishments, but so often the best of CMW isn’t found at these places.
The best, in this writer’s opinion, comes from those artists who aren’t known to everyone (yet). The bands who are out there playing for the love of playing and bring an electric energy to the stage. They are the artists that you stumble across at your favourtie local watering hole. Sometimes it’s a hit, and admittedly other times it’s a miss, but at CMW the odds will be in your favour of finding something good.
It was with this random luck of the draw, in what can be called CMW roulette, that brings us to the Bovine Sex Club on night one to see Careers in Science, a hardcore punk band from Toronto. A fitting way to find a band that was in itself, assembled through sheer luck.
According to their bio on the CMW website, the band “…started when one music nerd heard another riffing out Big Black and Joy Division tunes in a Long & McQuade and asked him to jam”. These two “… post punk dweebs” continued to jam for a year to a drum machine before finding a real drummer through craigslist after which a second ad was placed to find the fourth and final member of the band.
Their music is abstract. When they write their tunes they are aiming at an idea, rather than sound, capturing a spirit of American hardcore underground in the 80’s. The subjects of their tracks vary widely as they deal with hypocrisy to video games to poking fun of Tom Cruise with their track “Suri Cruise Missle”.
Careers In Science performed for the Bovine crowd from large repertoire of their own original songs and even covered Electric 6’s “Gay Bar” (you can see the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLa-OxxJnuw). In turn, the Bovine crowd returned their appreciation through dancing, ovations and of course, a little light heckling
The band didn’t waste a single moment of their 40 minutes on stage, entertaining the audience with their electrifying tunes. Callum McPhee filled the air with wailing guitars riffs alongside Matthew Winkler’s pounding bass and Jedi Eric’s crashing drums.
In between songs, Dave Proctor would give his vocal chords a much needed break from screaming to entertain the audience with a little light banter while allowing the rest of the band to dab some sweat and get ready for the next round.
Their debut EP “WHATEVERWOLF” was available for free after the show. The EP sleeve is covered in wolf heads wearing thick horn-rimmed glasses that can only be described as an ironic jest of the ironic hipster movement. If you weren’t fortunate enough to walk away with one of these hilariously designed EPs, you can download it from their website: http://careersinscience.ca and pwyc.