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Disclosure live up to the hype at Danforth Music Hall

Posted by Jesse Ship / January 16, 2014

Disclosure in TorontoYesterday you may have noticed a few hungover folks on public transit - some of whom could thank Disclosure's sell out show at the Danforth Music Hall for their Wednesday morning headache. It was a raucous show, to be sure.

The brotherly 20-somethings, Guy and Howard Lawrence, from Surrey, UK, have shot to fame thanks to their hard work, natural talent and a stable-full of music industry support. Their 2014 Grammy and Brit Award nominations come as sheer common sense thanks to their silky r&b infused house, 2-step, and techno tunes like "White Noise," "Voices," "'Latch," "You & Me (Flume remix)," dominating radio play lists and DJ mixes in 2013, earning three credits in London's legendary DJ EZ Fabric mix #71 even. How's that for a stamp of approval?

Disclosure in TorontoWhile most think of the brothers as a production duo, they push themselves as a band that happens to make insanely catchy dance hooks. Converting their studio production to a stage event has taken a lot of work but the rewards panned out, with the brothers owning the complex set up of control panels, microphones (they really can sing!), keyboards, drum machines, guitars and synth drums. Guy and Howard zoned into their control panels, brows furrowed, lips pursed in concentration, both fully immersed, deep in their comfort zones.

Well-executed visuals are always a treat. Their signature simple, line drawing face motif appeared prominently on backdrops between songs (at a few points it even sang the lyrics), interspersed with solar flares and supernovas, turning the concert hall into a red Martian landscape while I hoped the spinning honey-combed stage lights didn't trigger any latent epilepsy.

Disclosure in TorontoThis was also the hottest I'd ever been at the Danforth Music Hall, perhaps due to coat check reaching capacity, or the body heat of the sweaty luvved up masses. The night started off with Settle's strongest tunes: "F For You," followed by the deep and funky Chicago House-inspired tribute, "When A Fire Starts To Burn."

Like any electronic set, there were a few requisite filler tracks to keep the pace going, to remind us that yes, this is indeed a dance party, and they wanted us to cut loose. The crowd was prodded with multiple, big room fodder lines like "LETS GOOOOO!" or "Who knows this one???" Ok, so they aren't the chattiest kids. It's possible they're still finding their footing on stage, but do we not all speak the Queen's English? I was hoping they would take the crowd past hellos and g'byes.

Disclosure in TorontoBut, all in time, they are still young. Howard seemed beside himself towards the end as he whipped out his cell phone, to record the teaming crowd before him, genuinely beaming from ear to ear. Regardless of the outcome, there will hopefully be many more award nominations on their way.

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Discussion

15 Comments

Annie / January 16, 2014 at 12:48 pm
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I was at the show and was very disappointed. Too many people seemed to be on drugs and dancing everywhere, I could barely see the set. Also relax on the strobe lights.
js / January 16, 2014 at 01:01 pm
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Haha, yes Annie, my hangover comment was not just for creative license.

You must be one of those non-dancing, arms-crossed and pouty types we see at shows so often in this city. Thanks for speaking up, your crew needs a voice!
AK / January 16, 2014 at 01:54 pm
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If you enjoy showing off your deer in headlights impression, the vast majority of Toronto shows give you that opportunity. You don't need to be high to dance. It was awesome seeing a Toronto crowd actually show they enjoy a show beyond clapping.
zardoz / January 16, 2014 at 02:19 pm
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Way to insult your readers, js. Keep up the good work.
lol JS / January 16, 2014 at 02:23 pm
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unprofessional but spot on
Jenkins / January 16, 2014 at 03:16 pm
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Wow, so now BlogTO writers are insulting the people who read and comment on their posts. Way to be professional, Jesse! You'll be a contributor to Buzzfeed in no time!
Jon / January 16, 2014 at 04:25 pm
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Haha, totally thought Annie was being sarcastic.

I'm actually worry to go to these events mid-week because I think they will be let downs due to everyone remaining chill on the weekdays. I guess Toronto knows how to keep it moving.
when a fire starts to burn / January 16, 2014 at 04:47 pm
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im all for insulting people that complain about people dancing at a fucking DANCE PARTY!

target all the lames.
a / January 16, 2014 at 05:20 pm
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If your not at a disclosure show to dance. What the fuck are you there for?
Nobody cares / January 16, 2014 at 07:36 pm
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Dance or don't. It's very teeny bopperish to care. Grow up already!
Alyssa / January 16, 2014 at 07:48 pm
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Ahahah Jesse is right. Omg "people dancing everywhere"? That sounds terrible! I hate when people let loose and have fun. Annie, you might want to buy a seat in the balcony next time.
Al / January 16, 2014 at 08:22 pm
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Heheh Jesse is right. Oh man "people dancing everywhere" sounds terrible! I hate when people let loose and have fun.
Rob Ford / January 20, 2014 at 01:07 pm
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I'm a dancy boy! Dance*Dance*Dance*Dance*Dance
guyatdisclosureondrugs / January 22, 2014 at 12:35 pm
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Annie... just pop a molly next time, u might actually have fun, or at least not get so upset at the way other people enjoy concerts. yabish!

Also, JS, you're wrong, her people really don't need a voice.
NiceJS / January 30, 2014 at 10:28 pm
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JS is spot on. Too many shows in this town where the crowd is just pure statues.

Let loose and have fun peeps!

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