News The Silent Comedy on stage at Toronto's Phoenix Concert Theatre on June 19, 2013.

Published on June 20th, 2013 | by Sam Rashid


The Silent Comedy and The Heavy play Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre

In the music scene of things, typically the headlining band chooses an opening band who are good at what they do, and who most certainly will not up show the main act.

This was not the case last night at The Phoenix in Toronto.

Openers, The Silent Comedy absolutely stole the show, no doubt about it.

And the main act, The Heavy, knew it too, and they were happy about it. There’s a reason they were encouraging the audience to catch them perform and constantly promoting them on their Facebook page.

The group was beyond captivating. Their look alone was enough to transfix the audience, with long greasy rock n roll hair and three top hats, never mind the flawless musicianship and engaging antics (the bass player/vocalist sang the last song from the floor with sweaty and sticky fans surrounding him like sharks to a giant piece of meet).

The California rockers gave folk-rock a whole new meaning. Each song they banged out was more powerful and foot stopping than the previous, and they were the coolest guys too.

The Silent Comedy and The Heavy together on stage at Toronto's Phoenix Concert Theatre on June 19, 2013.

The Silent Comedy and The Heavy together on stage at Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre on June 19, 2013.

There’s something about insisting that the crowd come party after the show that is beyond respectable and pure rock n roll. It’s next level shit, and it’s why The Silent Comedy killed the show. One of the best unknown bands in North America, by far.

As for The Heavy, they put on a great show as well. Before each song the band was talking to the grooving crowd and expressing their dire love for the city of Toronto, which was quite genuine.

But overall, The Silent Comedy stole the show because they were an unexpected surprise. The Heavy, on the other hand, were everything you’d want in a concert, just without the surprise factor.

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