Submitted to Cashbox Canada
Canadian Music Week – Club 120 –Friday May 6 (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Canadian Blast at Morrisons MIDEM –Saturday, June 4 (Cannes, France)
The trio features Mastermind on vocals and guitar; Tsayffo on vocals, percussion, guitar and bass, and Mercury Brown on vocals and drums. Tsayffo and Mastermind have grown up playing music together since childhood. Onstage, they move with one mind. Playing to the audience – capacity and size won’t matter – within the first few bars of their first song THE LOVE, the band takes full control of the stage and everyone in the room. You can hear a pin drop. There is a sense of something authentic happening here. I remind myself there are only three people on stage, though the sound completely surrounds and engulfs the senses. Mastermind is on vocals, a deep sultry bass voice. His guitar work takes me by surprise, not just because I have never heard anyone use a guitar like this before - more because it defies the norm and underlines a musical genius in his ability to link musical hooks together in a completely unexpected fashion. Tsayffo is on percussion – no, he actually is percussion. Every beat resonates in every movement he makes.
There is no overplaying. The band commands every note and breath, syncopation punctuated through timing and discipline with no empty space, no time to turn away from what is taking place onstage. Mercury harnesses a rock solid foundation - together, they are a powerhouse of creative forces.
Through a full set of current material from their mini LP released last year, including the title track CLOSER TO THE FLAME, as well as BACK INTO THE SUN, POWER, WE ARE NOT ALONE (their latest single charting on radio), COLORS (from their debut LP RISE UP) and a tease of two new songs, THE RISE and TONIGHT WE UNITE, they seamlessly exchange vocals lines, guitar riffs, rhythms, and time signatures. Tsayffo plays lead lines on bass. Mercury really is the heartbeat of the band, possessed by...