by Tiana Feng Alvvays played two back to back shows at the Horseshoe this week. I chose to attend the Wednesday show, an additional one added after the Thursday one proved popular and had sold out. I figured it would be less busy that day, however, the buzz band had managed to sell out both shows. Opening the night was Taylor Knox, a frequent member of Rich Aucoin and Hayden. They kept their set short and sweet engaging the trickling crowd with tunes like “My Backyard”. My Backyard by Taylor Knox The Taste (not to be confused with a 70s Irish rock band of the same name) was next. Though not actually from the 70s, they had a retro feel to their keyboard-driven pop tunes that made them quite the appropriate opener to Alvvays. Sea Legs by The Taste Over the past few months, Alvvays really blew up. I remember in February during Long Winter the band played and there wasn’t that many people in the crowd. It just goes to show you how a truly great album will reach new fans. Though their set was dazzled with LED flood lights, it was their songs that delighted the audience. Kicking their set off with “Adult Diversion”, they played through most if not all of the album. Favourites included “Party Police” with a guitar-hook as earwormy as the lyrics.. Their single “Archie, Marry Me” was saved for last. Of course the audience riled up an encore and a cover of The Primitives “Out of Reach” closed off the show. Singer Molly Rankin and co., delivered the tunes straightforwardly, but that was all they needed, because the songs spoke for themselves. Alvvays brought summer back to the audience when mother nature decided to take it away.