You cut me down to size, you say
Be straight, behave
Just crack me up and split my sides
You stole my gaze, now pawn my eyes
The price is high
This is not the deal I made…
Ladies and gentlemen, we are very happy to introduce you groove based – alternative rock band Edgewater Hotel! I clearly remember the first time when I heard those lyrics. That day Mustafa sent me their Soundcloud link and recommended me to listen their EP. I have never heard about them before that day and I was totally hooked by the abstract lyrics with cool guitar riffs and dreamy saxophone melodies.
Edgewater Hotel is formed by Alex Hanes – Bass, Jordan Circosta – Drums, Julian Powell – Guitar, Gary Sahsuvar – Tenor Sax, Rachel Vandezande – Vocals, Mama Worthy – Synthesizers. They have been playing in the city for the last few years. You may have seen them playing at the various venues such as The Opera House, Dundas Square, Lee’s Palace, The Velvet Underground, The Drake Hotel and The Silver Dollar Room.
We were very excited to cover their show because we believe they are one of the more promising new alternative rock bands in the city. So promising; the type of the band whose music from this year we’ll hear on the radio in five years, we believe. They are also a part of Headquarters Coorperative which is a not-for-profit organization made up of like-minded musicians and artists that makes the band more interesting for us. On the gig day, they experienced various technical difficulties at the Coalition: T.O so we did as well as you might notice at the video below. But as the venue was almost packed and the crowed was pumped, nothing could get us down that night. Plus, we all were excited to hear their new single “White Rabbit” (Jefferson Airplane cover) so you might as well want to check the link.
They started the set with Best So Far, Black Market, Anthems For The Arsonist (Parts 1 + 2) White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane cover), Stepping On Stars, Breathe Easy and followed by Mad Fellow, Hindu Cow and Not My Home. We are a big fan of Black Market since we totally hooked up by lyrics and melody. We think that they have a big potential in the Toronto music scene. It is obvious that they love making music together and they totally have fun during the gigs. Overall the performance was good and the audience was happy with their set list.
If you are curious about their live performance, you can take a look at our video at the bottom. We also had the opportunity to interview with them as well –coming soon-. They are going to play at the Silver Dollar on Jan 9th. You wouldn’t want to miss that opportunity! You will definitely have fun, we guarantee you!
Itir & Mustafa