It’s amazing when you go early to a concert (expecting a bit of a wait for the show in exchange for staking a claim on the spot you want) and the ambient tunes at the venue are tunes that you love! In this case it was ALL Clash, ALL the time and it really put us in a good mood!
The opening band was Steel Train from New Jersey. A great five piece band with good rock and roll rhythms, melodies that carried you along, and energy to get everyone going. We picked up their CD Trampoline, and would definitely see them again.
Gomez gave a strong performance combining songs from several of their albums. They played “See The World” and “Hamoa Beach” early in the set, both from their previous album “How We Operate” and my favorites of the night. At times it seemed that the performance overwhelmed the sound setup – the combined sound from voice, guitar, drums and keyboards turning from a wall of sound that represented the combined inputs to just a wall of SOUND that just blasted. I’m not sure if this was a mixing issue, a venue issue, or artistic intent but at times I felt this detracted from the performance. Still, the energy and commitment of the band was amazing – some very technical instrumentals and diverse vocal delivery from each of the band members. I’m looking forward to seeing them next time they return to Toronto!