Montreal’s Fleece Sashay Their Pop-Rock Threads at Toronto’s Velvet Underground

Fleece, the young, high-powered psych-rock quintet from Montreal, seamlessly blended elements of pop, grunge, and psych-rock to a spirited crowd at Toronto’s Velvet Underground.

Touring their latest album Stunning & Atrocious, the energetic set felt like a vintage affair. Not just because of lead singer Matt Rogers’ impressive range, but that the band took influence from music of past generations to complement their modern edge.

Fleece’s Jameson Daniel at Toronto’s Velvet Underground (photo: Myles Herod)

Opening with the song “Love Song For The Haters,” Fleece had the crowd immediately singing along. Playing amid a stage decorated in multi-coloured felt and fabric, guitarists Megan Ennenberg and Jameson Daniel passionately moved their heads and bodies throughout the psychedelic setting.

The band continued to play songs that kept the crowd cheering, notably “Why Can’t We Be Alone” and “Something Real“, eventually hitting a collective high with a stirring rendition of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” made famous by Frankie Valli in 1967.

Capping off the night, the audience left the venue full of happiness. However, not before flocking to members of Fleece, happily awaiting them at their resplendent merch table.


Myles Herod

Myles Herod

Traveller, image maker, pop-culture seeker, storyteller, a guy you want around when things go south. Tastes range from Kubrick to Krautrock, Wu-Tang to Wiseau. Currently resides in Toronto, Canada.
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