Calgary psychedelic rockers Braids certainly looked the part. Geek-chic cool, hybrid retro wispiness and a singer resembling Maggie Gyllenhaal on a sixties commune, their sound was just as idiosyncratic. Mixing Cocteau Twins ethereality with complex rhythms and world music-aping rock somewhere between Jane’s Addiction and Yeasayer, the hypnotic lull and seismic pop thump when the hooks finally kicked in were occasionally spectacular. Unfortunately, Toronto support, Young Empires, also sounded as they looked: the trio might as well have been identical triplets with their sub-Rapture indie-dance just as cloned. Still, their competent energy provided a neat counterpoint to the slowburn theatrics of their fellow Canadians.
Komedia, 14 May