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Busty And The Bass Up In This Place

Nov. 13 2015

Lee’s Palace filled up quickly for the opening performances by Gold Complex and Adrian Underhill. Gold Complex broke the silence with a blast of sound and kept the energy high and people dancing right from the start. You know it’s going to be a good night when the openers are sweating up a storm after the first couple songs. They’re a pretty large band including a great horn section and their vocalist, Will Bowes, absolutely belting the vocals. They come from Toronto and have roots right here at Humber. Your legs and your voice are going to be tired after a show like this! Adrian Underhill brought the slow, electro grooves to cool down the tightly packed room. Also from Toronto, the last few years he’s been making a name for himself elsewhere in Canada with songs the audience immediately connects to. It was a cool contrast to see him calm the room down and put everyone into an intimate place. A lot of people who were previously jumping up and down were now slow dancing with a partner. Adrian took a moment to pause and say a few words about the events that unfolded in Paris only a little while earlier. To be in a rock show in a major city at that time, it was humbling to know that what we’re all doing here is something special and something important. Sharing music together and enjoying the company of likeminded friends and strangers.         

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At this point Lee’s was packed and whether or not they were still allowing people in, I’m not sure but it seemed impossible to stuff more people into the building. After waiting about twenty minutes, the crowd started a “Busty” chant to coax them out. And it wasn’t a weak chant, everyone was yelling for them! They really drew in a crowd for this show and after a few more minutes of impatient waiting, they hit the stage. Just the Elephant head at first then Busty And The Bass sprang on and the whole place went crazy. Nine members on stage and they were all putting on a performance like they’ve been doing it for twenty years. There was so much electricity in the house that made Lee’s into the place to be that night.

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Busty’s got a killer horn section that adds so much power to the hooks and the amount of fun they’re having up there is contagious, you can see they love it and it makes you love it too. The musicianship of each member is impressive, the guitar solos by Louis Stein were wild. Not often do you find a group that has such diversity of sound meshed into one musical monster. Playing different genres of music is one thing but merging them into one is what makes Busty And The Bass unique. Rapping some fierce verses with jazz, electro-pop, R&B, and some classic guitar riffs and bass grooves. Technically very full sounding and the chemistry required to play all of that live is impressive in itself. The show was a party that anyone can have a blast at. The front row was mixed with old and young faces, dancing and laughing together which was cool to see. How often do you, your parents, and your grandparent’s all agree on the same kind of music? You can now take them to a Busty And The Bass show downtown and they’ll be the most popular people in the room.

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I had the chance to sit down with Milo and Eric from the band before they went on and they said their secret to dealing with being in a 9-man band is that they’re all good friends who are focused on creating great music and fun vibes. You can listen to the interview

They take that mentality into every song, every tour, and every show.

Being partially from Toronto they had to mix in a Drake cover, doing Hotline Bling in their signature sound. It was a show that fit the venue so perfectly that I think even they were surprised with themselves. Nick Ferraro, at one point between songs said on the mic “We sold out Lee’s Palace, that’s crazy!” Someone had said to me early in the night “I think it’s going to be busy tonight.” And they were definitely right, Lee’s Palace has a capacity of 550 friends and it was comfortably jammed for a great night all the way through.

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-       Sam Canonico