The last time Torontoist saw local rockers The Guest Bedroom, it was in a tiny dive bar in Mississauga. Warm summer weather had driven most of the patrons to a large outdoor patio, and it was there that the band launched into a passionate set for the lucky few who stuck it out in the dank bowels of the bar.
The Guest Bedroom is not an immediately likable band, and this is huge part of what makes their music so compelling. Despite airs of affable indie rockery, the band’s sound is harsh and uncompromising, with a hint of something simple and enjoyable just under the surface. That the band refuses to enter the realm of easy indie rock is what is initially off-putting about them, and exactly what, about two songs into their set, makes you realize that they’re unbelievably great. Jagged like Milemarker but lacking their post-hardcore pretensions, the band is aggressive, dynamic, and entirely original. Which is probably why you should go see them this Wednesday, September 12, at Sneaky Dee’s. For free! And lest we forget that Wednesday is also cheap beer night at Dee’s, as if the beer wasn’t cheap enough already. So it’s basically the best night of your life.
Photo by Mister Scratch.