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Review Sat May 09 2009

Review: Winter Gloves @ Darkroom

I was excited to see Winter Gloves live last night after listening to their debut album About A Girl for the last couple weeks, liking it more and more the more I listened to it. The group rocked the nearly empty Darkroom, but deserved to be in a more proper venue such as The Hideout or Schubas. After postponing the show for nearly two hours hoping for better turnout at the monthly Life During Wartime Party, lead singer Charles F. coaxed the few people to the front of the room, asking at one point "what is this a Tuesday night?"

The setback didn't seem to phase them as they delivered a strong and delightful set opening with their two strongest songs "Factories" and "Party People". While they list themselves as "healing and easy listening" on their MySpace page, this band is indie rock with heart. Most of the material on About A Girl began as solo work of Charles F. and he owns those songs on stage with energetic delivery and a charming voice. Even with lots of keyboards on stage, they didn't have an overwhelming synth sound. Yet, Winter Gloves definitely have a sound all their own, songs easily identifiable as theirs, an original refreshing sound.

I just hope that the less than enthusiastic turnout at Darkroom didn't put a sour taste in the mouths of the Montreal group about Chicago, and hope they return. Look to hear a lot more about this band in the coming year.

Here is Winter Gloves with their music video for another standout song from About A Girl, "Let Me Drive":

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