The Hamilton Spectator, Wednesday June 7,
By Doreen Pitkeathly, Spectator Staff - At The Clubs
props, explosions some of the Imps' surprises
An Imp, according to
Webster's, is a young demon or a mischievous child. And that pretty well
describes The Imps you'll find at the Jamesway's Shot and Bottle this week -
three devilish creatures whose line of work falls somewhere between music and
"You'll never get fat playing rock and roll," says drummer
James Lord. Not the way The Imps play it anyway. The music is pretty basic rock
- Zeppelin, Queen and the like - but the visual presentation is about as absurd
as anything you're likely to see in the bars these days.
Guitarist Frank Soda and bassist Charles Towers hardly take time for a
breather between leaps and bounds and Lord hammers his mammoth drum set so hard
the sweat sprays off him.
Strobe lights blind, mini-explosions startle,
flaming drumsticks excite and weird props like giant plastic ears, flashing
glasses and arrows through the head provide constant surprises. Add to that,
zany outfits like gym shorts and striped knee socks, flowing capes and eerie
masks and that just about covers it. But not quite.
The bass player chops
off the guitarist's head. Now, that's absurd.
What could make three
competent and intelligent musicians leave their Vancouver homes and head to
Toronto to put together an act like The Imps?
First clue - they used to
back up Thor (you know, the Viking singer whose recent single, You've Got To
Keep The Dogs Away has been getting a lot of airplay). The second - good
"The business drives you this way," explained Soda. "The
audience wants more - they want to be entertained."
"There are a lot of
good bands around today but the ones who'll stand out are those who stand out
more than musically."
You just had to listen to the response of the
audience last night, or check out the size of a crowd for a week night to get
confirmation. And there's a recording contract in the offing for the trio which
will feature their original material.
They may appear insane, but they
obviously know what their doing.