It was a brisk Saturday night in Toronto as the crowd filed into the Mod Club. Anticipation pulsed through the throngs of people as they waited for Banners and Young Empires to take the stage. Banners has been gathering steam in the UK, but Canadian music fans are just getting a taste of what he has to offer with the release of his new EP. His music was featured on the TV series The Royals, and he made his television debut performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live. His EP has charted in Canada, and new fans were waiting to be made right outside the worn doors of the Mod Club.
Banners opened up the show with a buzzing energy. He joked with the crowd that he liked “that tower,” but, “Montreal said they were a better crowd, what are you going to do about it?” He played some EP hits and some newer songs, closing out the set with “Shine A Light.” The song touches on feelings of love and loss, but also has an overriding message of hope.
Young Empires continued the night with their funky, Trent Reznor vibe. Already known in Toronto, the locally grown band is currently made up of Matthew Vlahovich, Jacob Palahnuk, and Taylor Hill. They performed a set of their hits, “The Gates,” “So Cruel,” “Uncover Your Eyes,” and “We Don’t Sleep” among others. Their warm alternative rock sound mixed with an infectious dance beat earned well deserved calls for an encore.