DAY 6 OF CMW 2016 ft DILLY DALLY, FOR ESME, LUCAS DIPASQUALE & HEARTSTREETS
It was another old school meets new school set, providing a healthy amount of 90s vibes mixed with a current twist on the production. Listen to "Under My Skin" (below) and you'll see what we mean.
The Montreal duo had the crowd bobbing their heads and chanting Heartstreets lyrics by the end of their set but for us, the highlight of their performance was "Cruising With You", which is their latest single (listen below).
Lucas Dipasquale came out in his signature thick frames and acoustic guitar, shocking the CMW goers that weren't familiar with his music, with his vocal skills.
At first glance, no one would have suspected that the young Toronto native would have an urban/dancehall flow to his lyrical melodies but the kid had some serious swag. His track "No Talking" is a great example of what we mean.
Dipasquale has already collaborated with some of the industries biggest players, including Kardinal Offishall, and he's already had a #1 hit in the UK. It's only a matter of time before this young Toronto star becomes a household name so make sure to keep an eye out for his name on the charts.
We've been talking about For Esme for a while now and so it was really nice to see that they were a part of CMW this year. The trio graced the stage at The Silver Dollar with a full on performance, giving us a chance to finally see them in their element.
Martha Merideth, will remain in our minds, a front-woman that we just can't take our eyes off of. She didn't hold back, dancing her heart out and screaming some of her more emotional lyrics. It was also great to see how hard Dave Thiel and Nathan Crook rocked out on bass and electric guitar to their heavily 80s influenced synth tracks. Our favourite For Esme song is still "Just You" and they brought a new sense of aggression to the track at their CMW showcase.
The Toronto natives are currently writing new material so stay tuned for a new single in the not so distant future.
It's now 12:15ish at Lee's Palace. We've already been to 2 other venues and saw 3 different acts, so we're tired and need a pick-me-up. Dilly Dally's on stage working out the final details of their soundcheck and their fans are eagerly awaiting some kick ass rock 'n' roll.
Once the Toronto rockers are satisfied with the mix, they get right into it and we witnessed a bunch of kids get fed something the main stream music industry no longer serves; loud and heavily distorted grunge rock. Being a 90s kid myself, this was just the punch in the face that I needed. The lead guitarist's and drummer's hair flying all over the place and the general "I don't give a fuck" attitude of the band definitely brought me back to a better time for rock music.
I'm telling you, Dilly Dally might lead the way for their genre's comeback. Listen to "Desire" below and tell me I'm wrong.