Bart Smiling Buddha, Toronto ON, June 21
Published Jun 22, 2015Another band making lineup additions in the event of a live set was Bart, who first started writing and recording as a two-piece. Co-founders Christopher Shannon (formerly of the Elwins) and Nathan Vanderwielen (formerly of Ruby Coast) led the band through their set from the stage front, each handling guitar and vocal duties. An impressively practiced pair, the two were able to execute their indie rock riffing alongside challenging, high-register harmonies without fail.
Their supporting cast was nothing to sniff at, either. In a live setting, Bart became a supergroup of sorts, bringing members of other notable Toronto bands into the fold. Even with six-string support from Hooded Fang's Lane Halley, making for a trio of guitars, there was still enough sonic room for all three axemen to work their way around the intricate leads without overshadowing one another. Bolstered by a reliable rhythm section of drummer Jay Anderson (Biblical) and Andrew Scott (the Bicycles), the amount of polish displayed by all members was a treat to watch.