Headlining five consecutive dates at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall is no an easy feat. Thankfully, with a band like Alvvays, the music speaks for itself.
Selling out night-after-night, the adage “if you play it, they will come” seems to resonate loudest this time around. Greeted by wall-to-wall fans on their final fifth show, the band, curiously, was without any immediate star power. However, it was not a disservice.
They thrived on charm, catchy melodies, and finely tuned musicianship. Consisting of Molly Rankin (vocals), Alec O’Hanley (guitars), Sheridan Riley (Drums), Brian Murphy(Bass) and Kerri MacLellan (keyboards), Alvvays kicked off with Hey in earnest.
From there, fan favourites such as Dreams Tonite and Archie, Marry Me came fast and full of energy. Aside from her witty banter, Rankin’s voice remained flawless, too. Throughout the band’s 17-song set list, she played lead/rhythm guitar without fail, occasionally putting down the instrument to focus solely on singing.
In truth, it was the bubbly numbers that left the brightest impression. The pure joy of Atop a Cake was a stand-out moment while Lollipop (Ode To Jim), although starting uncannily like Billy Idol’s Dancing With Myself, was embodied by an exuberant spirit that Mr. Idol never would have dared to embrace.
Say what you will, but the majority of tours today have an inevitable trend of predictability (three great songs, then one or two mediocre cuts from their newest album). Not here. On what was the closing night of a triumphant five show residency, Alvvays laid claim to being Toronto’s best band at this very moment.