MONOWHALES + FXRRVST
Friday June 8, 2018
8pm door, 9pm show | 19+
Tickets: $10 (+SC) adv., $12 door
With a boundless, frenetic energy, Toronto’s Monowhales (formerly Ginger Ale & The Monowhales) have built a reputation as one of the most memorable and energizing up-and-coming bands in Canada.
Exploding onto the scene with a DIY ethos and an unforgettable live show, Monowhales first made waves with their breakout single “Home” in August 2016. A love letter to their hometown, the song and video quickly became a viral hit. While the song garnered over 122,000 streams on Spotify and radio play across Canada, the video would go on to be viewed over a million times and land the band appearances on Global News, C...P24, and CBC Radio One.
Known best for their live performances, Monowhales have shared the stage with Coleman Hell, The Beaches, The Pack AD, and Kardinal Offishall to name a few. In June of 2017, the band partnered with Facebook Inc. to live-stream a performance
debuting new material at the Facebook Canada offices in downtown Toronto.
The summer of 2017 saw Monowhales team up with producer AL-P (MSTRKRFT, Death From Above 1979) to start work on their upcoming EP. As a taste of things to come, the band released a new single in the fall of 2017. “Take It Back” went on to chart at #25 on Canadian Alt Rock radio while its eye-popping video racked up over 1.4 million views. Since then, the band has performed at the 2017 Grey Cup Tailgate in Ottawa and toured southern Ontario culminating in a sold-out show at Toronto venue The Rivoli.
Earlier this month, Monowhales released a single and video entitled “Real Love”. Centering around an abusive relationship, the song and video work together to illustrate the depths of delusion that can be reached by someone addicted to their lover. The track is the second single from Monowhales’ forthcoming EP Control Freak, which will be released on June 1, 2018 followed by a tour with dates across southern Ontario.
If mixing business with pleasure is a recipe for trouble, someone forgot to tell FXRRVST (pronounced "forest"), the fast-emerging Toronto-based duo of Holly Forrest and Matthew Fuentes, whose devotion to each other is seconded only by their shared commitment to crafting ridiculously catchy, super-emotive alt-rock. Also to saving the planet. But more on that later.
Like the music of their wildly divergent heroes — Tegan and Sara for Forrest, who digs the lyrics and unconventional song structures, Fleetwood Mac for Funetes, who digs the guitar and vibes — FXRRVST songs are at once instantly accessible yet utterly unique.
Witness May XXVI, their dazzling debut and as confident a step towards world domination as can be expected from two people who have only been playing together (literally and figuratively) since 2015 following a momentous meeting slyly denoted by the Roman Numerals X and V in FXRRVST, which also echoes Forrest’s surname, and serves as an SEO dream.
Sonically and emotionally, May XXVI has it all.
First single “Tidal Wave” pitches Forrest’s iridescent voice against a strummy guitar line that builds into a massive, cascading run (think of the final bars of U2’s iconic “Where The Streets Have No Name”) backed by ethereal “oohs” and “ahhs.”
Elsewhere, the shimmering, slow-burning, and aptly named “Lovely” raises gooseflesh while offering a scorching guitar solo at the bridge. Forrest’s richly evocative lyrics are present throughout, perhaps most notably in “Safe House,” an acoustic sort-of ballad with palpable regret seared into each verse and chorus.
It’s no wonder that FXRRVST snagged a 2017 Toronto Independent Music Award nomination for Best Indie act. The wider pop/rock world is already on high alert.