Torontoist talks to some CMW performers. Here, Irish-Canadian dancer-rockers.
If you’re confused about whether the band Nightbox should be classified as Irish or Canadian, then you’re not alone. With members hailing from both countries, the one thing everyone can seem to get straight is that they create an ultra-catchy style of dance-rock that makes the body want to move. They may only have one EP under their belt—a 2011 self-titled release—but it was a debut produced by the prestigious talents of MSTRKRFT’s Al-P and Death From Above 1979’s Sebastien Grainger. We had our questionnaire returned by one of the band’s Toronto-born brothers, Jake Bitove, in advance of their show (midnight at Wrongbar on Saturday).
Torontoist: Why should we see you at CMW?
Bitove: Because the bass will make your spine shake like a snake. The drums will make your liver quiver. The guitar will make your bladder splatter and the synth will freeze your knees.
What’s your favourite Toronto venue, and why?
The Horseshoe. Every time we’ve played there it’s been a dance party. We enjoy the atmosphere and intimacy that it brings.
What’s your preference: indoor or outdoor venues?
Indoor. The kids will sweat more. Although we do like a nice breeze now and then.
What’s your preference: giant music festivals, or single shows?
Any advice for CMW-goers?
Check out as many acts as possible. Best thing is wandering into some spot and discovering a band you’ve never heard of.
What’s your favourite moment in a concert you’ve played so far?
The sound tech at one show whipped his shirt off mid-set and joined the front of the crowd for a good ol’ dance!
What’s happening for the band after CMW?
We have started working on our full-length debut album. So the plan is to keep writing and recording for the next while. We’re really chuffed to get our new material out there soon.