Foxfire @ The Drake Hotel

By: Andrew Horan

Foxfire @ The Drake Underground
Photo: Allison Janzen
Foxfire @ The Drake Underground

I almost had to double check the bill when Toronto sleaze disco band Foxfire took to the stage in a rapidly filling venue. What happened to the band that's transformed the venues they played into sweaty dens of debauchery?

"We were on a boat today!" bassist Joseph Elaschuk boasted when they took to the stage a few minutes late. Perhaps being out in the sun explained why they turned in a subdued performance.

The vocal interplay between Elaschuk and keyboard player Hannah Krapivinksy was impeccable as usual but Krapivinsky appeared to be uncharacteristically nervous, as opposed to being the sex kitten she usually is. It also made them somewhat uninteresting. Usually, Krapivinsky is the center of attention while Elaschuk's David Byrne-esque vocals provide accompaniment. It just wasn't there for their NXNE set.

Musically, the band seems to be branching out from the rhythmic punk-inflected disco and playing more synth-pop influenced songs. Once song in particular featured angular guitars with a slow beat and heavy bottom end provided by Elaschuk. They even played a straight-ahead pop-rock number. The audience didn't seem to notice and were grooving to the music.

It was a fairly short set as well and admittedly, the songs seemed to blend together after a while.

"There will be a record when it comes out eventually," Elaschuk promised, somewhat vaguely before launching into another synth-pop number that wrapped up their set. Here's hoping that this fairly boring set was just a blip.

I wrapped up their set. Here's hoping that this fairly boring set was just a blip.

Foxfire @ The Drake Underground
Photo: Allison Janzen
Foxfire @ The Drake Underground
Foxfire @ The Drake Underground
Photo: Allison Janzen
Foxfire @ The Drake Underground



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Foxfire @ The Drake Underground
Photo: Allison Janzen
Foxfire @ The Drake Underground
Foxfire @ The Drake Underground
Photo: Allison Janzen
Foxfire @ The Drake Underground
Foxfire @ The Drake Underground
Photo: Allison Janzen
Foxfire @ The Drake Underground
Foxfire @ The Drake Underground
Photo: Allison Janzen
Foxfire @ The Drake Underground

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