“High Class Rock And Roll”- The Cunninghams
The music industry is one of the hardest to break into, and perseverance is a major ingredient for success in the magical world of those who make it. Aside from great music, charisma, and lots of talent, you need a certain something to set you aside from the rest, and Toronto’s indie rock band The Cunnignhams certainly got that je ne sais quoi about them that will take them far.
The night was still young when I went with my friend to Brutopia located in Montreal. It was Saturday the 20th, and the Winter Olympic games were on the many of the tv sets around the bar. People seemed to be enjoying themselves minding their own business and chugging their beers. My friend and I could’ve been there for the same reasons, but we went there with the sole purpose of checking out “this one band” of which we knew little about. Once they arrived at the location and started to set up, I went up to them and introduced myself (one of the members had been expecting me). Anyway, I was not there for a small talk; I simply wanted to hear some good jamming, and see what the fuss was all about. After finding the perfect table in front of the stage, I settle down and wait for the magic to begin. My expectations were not high at all, and my mind was honestly a blank slate regarding my thoughts on the band. Music comes on, and BAM! my brain is 100% absorbing every sound being produced by all the instruments, together with the energy being emitted during the performance.
Seriously, I have been to a lot of concerts, and let me tell you that The Cunnighams really set the bars high during their concert at the bar. Given that they’re fairly unknown in Montreal, their set list consisted mainly of cover songs, which by the way were executed wonderfully aside from being delivered with a touch of their own spice. They sneaked in one of their songs during the first set, and honestly it blended in perfectly with the various famous tunes being played. According to them, they tend to just sneak in their original songs if they play a concert consisting mainly of cover songs, and only reveal the identity of the song after its performance often shocking the crowd who thought the song was an already mainstream one. Cover songs are the least forgiven when the deliverance is not good, simply for the fact that we all have high expectations when listening to professionals playing some of your favorite tunes, and if you’re able to play one of your owns and have a great positive response in return then in my opinion that says a lot about the band’s future in the music industry. At first I thought the band’s energy was a bit too mellow, but it built up to the point where crowd was yelling “One More Song!” by the end of the third and final set at 2:20am. People were dancing, singing along, and the band’s chemistry on stage was simply awesome. By the end of the concert people were willing to approach them, and that’s when they showed a sincere charisma. They enjoyed all the attention, but most of all they seemed to have enjoyed the attention being given to their musical abilities.
The Cunninghams were formed in November, 2007 in Toronto, and its members consists of Pierce, Nigel, Clapsbury and Reggy. Their indie style is set apart from the other bands by a “high class rock and roll” demeanor in their musicality (not to be confused with pretentiousness). In April 2008 they won the cross-Canada Mazda Muzik Tour Contest, and got the chance to open for Canada’s own Sam Roberts at Toronto’s Opera House. Already establishing their names on various venues around Toronto, the band is now on a mission to continue conquering Canada and eventually the World. In November of 2008, one year after their formation, they released their first album titled “That Oughtta Hold ‘Em”. After the surprising success of their first album, a second one was released on November of 2009 titled “High Class Rock And Roll”. For those of you who love good music, and is ready to have some awesome tunes stuck on your head, then give these guys a chance and go check them out now!!! They’re scheduled to tour around Ontario, or go demand them for your town.