Secret loft party sends off The Hoa Hoa's with a bang
Last Saturday a tiny loft apartment on Adelaide West played host to what would be the most memorable show of my summer. Packed into a smokey sauna, the loft held well over 60 people, with guests spilling out into the fire-escape balcony. The goal? To send the Hoa Hoa's on their hiatus with the message to come home soon.
Upon walking into the loft I felt right at home with a half eaten birthday cake, a fridge full of beer and Richie spinning The Seeds. The place was buzzing with excitement and in true Hoa Hoa fashion, they had General Chaos casting their brainwave visuals throughout the performances.
I was lured to the party by opening band Planet Creature and their promise of sweet all-girl garage surf punk. With influences from Cohen and The Rolling Stones to Neil Diamond and Black Sabbath the girls have a range of genres within their music and can't quite be pinned down just yet.
There was a great energy of comradery on stage with the girls laughing between songs. The set was all over the map, giving the audience a taste of just how much range the band has - from the mellow dream wave song 'Hymns' casting out catchy guitar riffs to the psychedelic trip of 'Dust babies'. They closed it off with 'Space Country' that stood somewhere in between rockabilly and psych-rock soaked in beautiful lady harmony. Former member Famke Berkhou (of The Hoa Hoa's) joined in on bass and vocals for the tail end of their set.
Following was Brooklyn based psych rockers Your 33 Black Angels. Drummer Calvin Brown (of the Hoa Hoa's) joined his friends on bass for their out of this world 5 song set. First performances can leave a lasting impression. One thing that will haunt me forever was lead singer Josh Westfal's rattling vocals that seemed to penetrate through the crowd. They made a fan out of me that night.
With a threat from the landlord to shut the whole operation down, The Hoa Hoa's took the stage. A four piece Psychadelic Rock'n'Roll band from Kensington Market, The Hoa Hoa's strike me as a more talented and more functional Brian Jonestown Massacre. With perfect rendition of 70's Psych and their sweet space pop, they are a Canadian band to brag about.
The energy and excitement of the night was more of a celebration than any other show I've been to in quite some time. The band welcomed friends on stage to play tambourine and pour champagne into their mouths while others held their sparklers proud one last time for the friends they love.
Writing by Kate Gobes. Photo by Aimee Mitchel.
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