Live Music: Boys Who Say No at Canadian Music Week 2013

Boys Who Say No CMF 2013

This past Friday I caught Boys Who Say No as part of the NeXT / POP Montreal Canadian Music Festival showcase at the Silver Dollar Room in Toronto.

The lights went down, and the Boys swung effortlessly into a high-tempo, energy-filled set, evidence of the chemistry touring creates. The Boys Who Say No performed titles from their debut full-length release “Contigencies“, which they recently toured with Japanther for 20+ dates across North America.  The band clearly enjoys being on stage, with Luke Correia-Damude (lead vocals, guitar) engaging with the crowd between numbers – mentioning that a tune was a once-candidate for a Kraft commercial and complimenting the skills of an enthusiastic tiny dancer out front. 

Boys Who Say No keep good company – “Contigencies” was mixed by Dave Newfeld, who has worked with acts inherent to the Canadian music scene such as Broken Social Scene and Final Fantasy.   The band is currently collaborating on an unnamed sophmore release with Liam O’Neill of The Stills and Eight and a Half  that they expect to release in the Fall. With this caliber of collaborators in their stable, it looks like Boys Who Say No are poised to head the new generation of Canadian indie rock. The scene has been dominated by hip hop and electronic acts lately (Diamond Rings, The Weeknd, Grimes), but strong offerings by bands such as Boys Who Say No are keeping the Canadian indie rock tradition alive and well.

Boys Who Say No play this Guelph this Tuesday night at eBar with Two Hours Traffic.

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