FUCKED UP, DELILUH, E-SAGGILA TYRIQUEORDIE
and at Lower Bay Station,
Friday, May 11. Rating: NNNN There were swarms of people on a subway platform Friday night yet, for once, no one was mad at the TTC.
The all-local CMW Underground showcase was organized by Deliluh’s Kyle Knapp and promoter Dan Burke with help from councillor Josh Colle. It took place in Lower Bay Station, the decommissioned subway station beneath Bay, which was abandoned shortly after it opened in 1966.
Though it was an unlikely site for a show, there isn’t a more Torontonian setting than a relic of some grand transit plan that was never fully realized. Two parked subway trains acted as barriers to the tracks, also providing a convenient lounging area between sets and a fun vantage point looking out onto the platform where the artists performed.
There was an air of electricity, which Scarborough’s Tyriqueordie seized upon for his opening set, which mixed jungle and drum and bass with energetic rapping. He frequently reminded the audience “We’re making history tonight!”
E-Saggila’s brooding techno took advantage of the subterranean surroundings, its low bass rumbles blending perfectly with those of passing trains overhead. Deliluh’s long synth drones and sonorous sax was also apt, before they delved into their noisy, knotty, experimental post-punk.
Having started in the basements of anarchist bookstores and in the back of skate shops, Fucked Up were right at home in the transitory space. Focusing on a steady stream of hits (and a new song from their upcoming record), the Toronto punks topped off the night doing what they do best: turning moments of brevity into indelible memories.