On stage, the hallucinogenic music of Crumb lives and breathes like a liquid light show. Part dreamlike, part nightmare, part warm hug, their reverb-soaked sound wafts rather than lingers.
As a reflection of their critical success, the Brooklyn-based outfit – one of a handful of current alt-rock darlings – played to a full-capacity house at Toronto’s Mod Club. If movement inside remained at a minimum, it certainly didn’t hinder the elation of Crumb concertgoers.
Filling out the venue’s modest layout, the predominantly youthful crowd projected an aura – both in attitude and attire – that suggested guitar-driven music wasn’t all but dead after all.
On the road in support of their 2019 debut Jinx, band members Lila Ramani, Jesse Brotter, Brian Aronow, and Jonathan Gilad opened with Cracking, a song that utilizes a hazy, unhurried approach to great atmospheric effect.
Harnessed by easygoing musicianship, and jazz and psychedelic influences on their sleeves, the heart of Crumb laid with lead singer Ramani. In her, a sweet voice also belied the fact that she pens a significant portion of the band’s material, too.
That in mind, with the audience in full sway by the night’s end, the languid mood had turned to an upbeat groove (if only momentarily) with the arrival of Fall Down. Backed by a tempo dissimilar to anything preceding it, the Mod Club audience was shaken out of their quiet melancholy and persuaded to dance.
Catchy and experimental, the four-piece managed to send the audience home in a head-rush, mesmerized all while feeding them their finest crumbs.