The Super Friendz The Great Hall, Toronto ON, June 14
Published Jun 15, 2013While label mates Sloan have always enjoyed a certain level of populist appeal in the Canadian rock scene, indie pop veterans the Super Friendz have been consistently more underground. Never ones to get much mainstream attention even in their heyday, the band have consistently remained a best-kept secret for fans of the group. So as the classic four-piece of Matt Murphy, Chuck Austin, Drew Yamada and Dave Marsh took the stage of Toronto's Great Hall, the half capacity venue felt like it was instantly transformed into a high school reunion gone wild. Playing all the hits from their back catalogue, the surprisingly tight rock outfit raced through early tracks ranging from "10 lbs." and "Undertow," to post-reunion cuts like "Just Say So." And although the group played to far fewer bodies than the night's earlier set by Sloan, the band was greeted with one of the more energetic responses of the evening. Aging bros hung onto balconies and head banged along, aging moms accentuated vocal melodies by pumping their fist to every beat; one pregnant lady even seemed content to just sashay on the dance floor while singing the words to every song. Receiving a rare festival encore, the band played through two more sweaty tracks, before walking away from the humid crowd as they begged them to play on forever.