Recorded at Toronto Reference Library (Make Some Noise 10th Anniversary), April 9, 2016.Twist - Soaked
Collecting and showcasing music by local, independent musicians, Make Some Noise has celebrated the shared spaces of the city's libraries with free, all-ages concerts for nearly a decade now. (I have rather fond memories of seeing Shad, The Old Soul, Great Lake Swimmers, Elliott Brood and LAL at the Reference Library at one of the series' launch shows back in November '06.) For this birthday party, the Make Some Noise crew teamed up with Buzz Records to bring some music to the warmly rounded contours of the library's cavernous atrium.
The last time I checked in with Twist, Laura Hermiston and co. were still adjusting to being a full-fledged band. Now, though, they've evolved into a satisfying pop machine, with a hint of Fleetwood Mac-style slickness in Hermiston's songs leavened with just enough grunge-grit. The crowd took this in attentively and sitting on the floor – by the time the band's album comes out later this year I suspect there'll be a few more folks up on their feet for this.