Pro­fane pop­sters

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Listings - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

Toronto’s Brian Borcherdt and Gra­ham Walsh are very naughty boys; nam­ing their band in the way they have done was al­ways go­ing to be slightly con­tro­ver­sial. Not that the name has pre­vented the band from quickly climb­ing the lad­der from pos­si­ble to def­i­nite con­tenders.

Their blend of lo-fi rhythms and naïve rock mu­sic has earned them praise at all the right fes­ti­vals (from All To­mor­row’s Par­ties and Mon­treal Jazz to SXSW and Glas­ton­bury), while their cathar­tic pres­ence on­stage (at small head­line gigs and in sup­port slots to the likes of Mouse on Mars and Wolf Pa­rade) has been com­pared to that of a slightly less fre­netic Iggy Pop. Stage div­ing at Whe­lan’s? Now there’s an odd thought.

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