NXNE 2012 Review: Paint @ Rancho Relaxo, June 15

June 16, 2012 in Music, Ontario, Toronto by Andrew_Horan

Paint’s Robb Johannes wows the crowd at Rancho Relaxo.

Why Toronto’s Paint hasn’t broken through to a wider audience is a complete mystery and their top notch set at Rancho Relaxo proved why.

Singer Robb Johannes played like was at a venue twice its size and worked hard to get the audience excited. He apologized for not playing guitar due to a blown amp.

“This is how much we rock,” he said. “We got on stage and the fuckin’ amp blew!”

The rest of the band were no slouches either and they easily matched his energy.

He even took to the stage in true rock star style, joining his bandmates after they started playing the first song of their set. Having no guitar gave him the chance to lead the crowd in clap-a-longs and work the mic like a consummate frontman. It was fitting that they were playing Rancho since it was the venue they had their first gig at after moving to Toronto from Vancouver three years ago.

Johannes received a loud cheer when he recounted the story of the band winning a court battle against Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s anti-postering crusade.

Johannes asked if there were any Rolling Stones fans in the audience before launching into a version of the Stones’ ‘Just My Imagination’.

They received a great response from the people gathered at the front of the venue. Expect to hear more from this band!