by Marcel Stromeiher / Photo by Michael Silvestre
Most People are actually two people, Brandon Gibson-DeGroote and Paul McEachern. Both are bearded fellows whose electro-indie pop locates that sweet spot between sincere, nostalgi,c longing and unabashed exuberance.
Hailing from Burlington and now Toronto based, the duo have been steadily and confidently carving out their own place in the city’s music scene for a few years, including a fruitful relationship with Wavelength Music.
While playing their first HPX, their burgeoning popularity was evidenced in the plum spot opening for Twin Shadow at the roomy Olympic Community Hall. Most People took the stage encircled by their customary assortment of keyboards, sequencers, and stand-up drum kits. One of the unique, defining characteristics of MP is that they are both multi-instrumentalists, constantly switching gear mid-song , with Brandon handling lead vox and bass, and Paul handling guitar. This shift in stage positions only adds to the kinetic nature of their sound.
Early highlight was “You Said”, an older song that features a number of the band’s signatures. Harmonies that float in and out of each other. Spells of both members simultaneously battering out call and answer rhythms on the make-shift drum kits.Hypnotic guitar figures decorated on tunneling bass lines. There were moments of acute tenderness and sequenced electronic flourishes .
Momentum was built until set closer, “Release”, a great new tune that channels the current version of their sound, influenced considerably by the 80’s (both music and film). Featuring an intro heavy with gloomy neon portent, and a bass line recalling Peter Hook, the song built to a chorus that thumps it’s way to abandon, urgently putting four-on-the-floor.Big room bass for the big hearts that bruise.