Thursday, July 22nd: Lee's Palace
The Daybreak returned to the frightfully high stage of Lee's Palace after a long hiatus following their very successful NXNE showcase for a Thursday night rock festivus. The show was presented in association with SceneandHeard.ca an excellent magazine presenting non-mainstream takes and editorials on current events, movies and of course, music. The band looked forward to performing alongside some good friends in Wannamaker and two new friends in Hamilton's Chrome Yellow Co. and The Halo Effect, from Buffalo, NY. Unfortunate news was received just before soundcheck when The Chrome Yellow Co. cancelled following the surprising break up of the band. Although the band was disappointed at not getting to both play with and listen to a favourite local act the show must go on, and go on it did.
The set opened traditionally with "Miss California" and shifted energetically into the ever popular "Shuffle". Agressive, propulsive and unrelenting the tune was well received by the crowd. The band then moved into a dark version of "Twice As High As The Sun" before the Toronto debut of the beautifully sparse "Echo Song" (tentative title). The set closed out with the punchy, epic "Hindsight" and a powerfully abusive "Don't Be Long".
The band performed the set with Malcolm Maclure, a talented guitar player fresh out of Mount Allison with whom the band looks forward to working.
Thanks to the other bands for excellent sets, to Brian for his always outstanding sound, to Amy for the show and to everyone who showed up for the night.