By James Olsen
September 16, 2017
It would be hard to think of a better way for the Malkin Bowl to conclude their season than with July Talk. One of the best touring Canadian bands on the circuit and one of the best bands to come out of Toronto in the last ten years put on a breathtaking and electrifying performance that won’t soon be forgotten by the legion of fans out in force that cool September night.
Local indie pop rockers The Zolas were an excellent warm up act. The Zolas confirmed why they are a rising star in the Western Canadian music world as the “piano prog pop” unit had the crowd locked into cuts like “Molotov Girls” and “Swooner.” An extended EDM inflected medley of “Invisible/CV Dazzle” was a highlight as Zach Gray and co. were able to showcase their sonic diversity while getting the party started early.
Whatever think piece keyboard warrior proclaimed “Rock is Dead” clearly never bothered to witness July Talk in their rough and tumble glory. While Peter Dreimanis (vocals/guitar/keys) and Leah Fay (vocals) have always been the face and focus of the band, the cohesion and professionalism of the entire unit was a sight to behold. As per their on stage reputations, Fay especially did not disappoint as she worked the crowd, commanded the stage, and of course engaged in all sorts of risque antics with Dreimanis. The gender reversed mimicked felattio during “Gentleman” was particularly hilarious. Between rousing renditions of “Summer Dress,” “Paper Girl,” and many other excellent songs by this consistently exciting band, Dreimanis took the time to inform the crowd that this show at the Malkin Bowl might be one of their favorite shows ever.
July Talk was, in the words of one patron, “a punch to the face of pure rock and roll.”July Talk, Malkin Bowl, The Zolas