The Hamilton Spectator, Wednesday June 7,
By Doreen Pitkeathly, Spectator Staff - At The Clubs
combine top material with powerful visual show
While the club circuit
can seem like an endless repetition for many bands, every once in a while one
group breaks through to provide inspiration for all.
Imps, a three member Toronto-based band, are doing just that.
have been playing the Ontario club circuit for about three years, ever since
coming to this part of the country as the back-up band for artist,
They've established themselves as a popular act with a flair for
gimmicks and rather peculiar theatrics. But it wasn't until leader Frank Soda
started breaking in some of his original tunes, that The Imps really started to
"The band has just started as far as I'm concerned," said a rather
exhausted Soda between sets at the Runway last night where The Imps appeared in
the first night of a two night engagement.
"We're doing all original
stuff now and heading into the concert scene. People are really getting off on
But it hasn't been luck that's responsible for the Imps'
success. In the past few years the band has progressed from an adequate musical
talent performing all copy material, but visually strong, to a band that
performs first-rate original material combined with a powerful visual show. The
Imps have obviously been working hard.
"It feels really good," said Soda.
"For a while people thought the stage show was a cover-up for the material. Now
that we're doing the original material and everyone likes it, the show only
serves to enhance the music."
The show that Soda refers to is a constant
barrage of stage antics guaranteed to keep attention rivetted on the three
members. With a curtained area at the side of the stage, Soda frequently
disappears behind it, emerging with a television set, a camera, or something of
the sort wedged over his head, depending on the theme of the song. It's
definitely entertaining and as Soda says, enhances rather than detracts from the
The music of The Imps is powerful, energetic rock with interesting
subject matter and convincingly offered by guitarist Soda, bassist Charles
Towers and Drummer John Lechesseur.
The transformation to an original
concept came several months ago when The Imps released a live album from a club
in Toronto. Now they're at work on a second album and have a date at the El
Mocambo in Toronto next week. Later this month they'll be featured in a concert
at The Delta in Hamilton.
Despite success, you can be sure The Imps will
be a regular attraction in Hamilton because, according to Soda, this city holds
some of the band's biggest fans.