Al Smith’s studio went out with a wallop this past weekend, as the triple bill of NO LIARS, Stinging Belle, and Toy Maker bid farewell to this amazing venue with majesty.
The free show kicked off with a new band called Toy Maker, sprung from the ashes of bands such as Villains, Measureless, and Peacemaker.
The razor-sharp contrast of singer Dave Goertzen’s intense vocals to James Martyn’s crisp, clean guitar makes Toy Maker stand out from your typical hardcore punk.
At their fourth gig ever, Stinging Belle was the perfect sandwich filling between the first and third acts, with their sound becoming tighter with every show.
Singer Allie Bowman (more like Allie showman, amirite?) continues to explode with stage presence, power in her voice, and energy to spare.
The Zone’s Band of the Month for March, NO LIARS, ended the night (and the venue) with the perfect balance of musical intensity and precision.
The crowd, by this time a frothing, moshing mess in its centre, loved every second of it.