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On the final leg of their recent North American tour, Noh-Wave craze and progressive rock/rock opera/something-or-other heartthrobs Yamantaka // Sonic Titan dropped by Toronto this weekend and ended up playing three shows (the Garrison, Sonic Boom and Sneaky Dee’s), the latter two of which I had the opportunity to check out. Both shows were amazing, and I got to hear their upcoming single “Lamia” twice, which to me felt a bit more traditionally rock-ish for the band, yet fit in well with their other material. Ruby Kato Attwood’s vocals in particular felt more like a direct emotional appeal to the listener, as opposed to some other compositions in which the band effectively draws in the audience through repetition and gradually intensifying rhythms.
It was interesting to see the band play at Toronto record store Sonic Boom in part just because I’ve never seen them perform during the day before. I think the band would agree that they are ultimately creatures of the night, however they were surrounded on stage in this case both by mirrors and daylight and they survived so it seems at least plausible that they are in fact not vampires. Next time I’ll be sure to toss some garlic at them from the audience just to be sure.