Change is the only constant. Embracing and accepting the change is an individual choice. Based on the 2012 self-titled debut, no one would blame you if you cornered Milo Greene as a folk-pop band garnished with exquisite harmonies. But, no one likes to be in a corner. Time passes, humans evolve (hopefully), and so has Milo’s sound. Control, the follow up, charts their course into more of an electronic percussive territory. Did Toronto embrace the change? Cue the band’s show at Horseshow this past Sunday.


Openers Wardell were colourful characters. Fronted by siblings Theo and Sasha Spielberg (yep, THAT Spielberg), the LA five-piece didn’t let their on-stage jitters ruin their Toronto debut. Instead, they channeled the nervousness into endearingly awkward banter and strong play. Whether it was Theo’s hope to see Toronto’s son Drake at the show or orgasmic playing face of the keyboardist, the crowd was thoroughly entertained. Sasha’s vocals were the real highlight of the band’s sound that spanned all over the indie-rock spectrum.


Transitioning from acoustic to a more plugged-in sound can be a challenge for bands at shows. Milo Greene had no such issues, as they seamlessly played through synth-laden ‘Save Yourself ‘ to the mid-tempo ‘Don’t You Give Up on Me’. It seemed as if the talented West Coast five-piece disregarded the contrasting sound of the albums when crafting the setlist. It was a bold move, and the sweaty Milo faithfuls loved it all the same. Be it the newer material or oldies, the core essence of the band hadn’t changed. Robbie still had the silky voice (‘On The Fence’), Marlana sounded as plush as before (‘Lie To Me’, ‘Heartless’) and the supporting cast Graham, Andrew and Curtis made up the backbone of the band’s indelible live experience. Regardless if you are a fan of the departure from their folkier past, the uncontested truth is that Milo Greene continues to be one of the best LIVE bands in the music scene.