USS wrapped up their #SixInThe6ix-mini tour on Saturday, in front of a sold-out crowd at The Danforth Music Hall. Over six crazy nights, USS played to over 3,500 adoring fans, across six venues, in the city that this band calls home. It was truly a special experience to be a part of, and may live in the Toronto music scene’s folklore as a “you-had-to-be-there” moments, but here are a few thoughts from USS’ #SixInThe6ix Tour…
Playing six shows, in six consecutive days, may sound like another week for most bands, but when you play them all in the same city, the expectations to deliver are much higher. If you have an off-night, in a town halfway across the world, you might be able to brush it off, but on home turf? People are going to talk about it.
For USS’ #SixInThe6ix, the hard work and months of preparation paid off, as the only thing anyone could say is how the band continued to outdo themselves; each performance, more inspiring than the last. From venue to venue, small venue to massive concert hall, Ash and Human Kebab made the experience of each show as original as possible. Each night brought it’s own setlist, and the venue helped to transfigure the personality of each performance.
There are many that might have struggled with the countless stage dives, crowd surfs, headstands,late nights, and sprints across the stage, but, like a runaway train rolling down the tracks, USS seemed to only gain momentum the further along they went.
I had a chance to talk with Ash and Human Kebab, at the Danforth Music Hall, hours before they hit the stage. We discussed #SixInThe6ix, the new album, New World Alphabet, and which of Human Kebab’s outfits from the week he thought smelled the most funky. Have a listen here…
Almost unanimously, we would declare that that night’s show had been the best so-far, and wondered how they would be able to top themselves (again!). At the beginning of the week, we were mere strangers, but by the end of the last show, there were hugs and high-fives in celebration of a great week together.
I was able to snap the picture below, just outside of the Danforth Music Hall, just as I was leaving the venue. (There were more than the people in this photo!) Many of the fans had gone, but our group of Soldiers had remained, looking unsure of what to do next. After a week of waking up, knowing that they were going to see their favourite band, it was definitely going to be a shock, come Monday. Is it possible to do #FourHundredSixteenInThe416?
The Impact/Moving Forward
Now that #SixInThe6ix has come to its close, it is hard not to feel inspired by the efforts and successes of USS.
For a band that does not sell it short when it comes to the love for their adapted hometown, the city emphatically reciprocated that love to them over the past week. From honouring the throwback tracks to playing the new favourites, to the surprises smoothies and “Wall(s) of Death”, to the friendships enhanced and friendships made, the real story of #SixInThe6ix is that music is still a catalyst for uniting people from all different facets of society. Music is still the universal language. For USS, that language is spoken through thought-provoking lyrics, dance-ready beats, and the occasional “1, 2, 3…JUMP!”.
Now, as we settle back into normalcy, in the ‘post-#SixInThe6ix’-world, the music and memories will live on. Thank you Ash, Human Kebab, Matt Murphy, and the rest of the USS family, for providing your fans with one of the best weeks of 2016!