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Indie Week Report Card: TJ Hollywood @ The Rivoli 100%

By: Andrea Holz October 29, 2013

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Sound 5/5

Love the classic 80s dance punk sound. They did a fantastic cover of Corey hart’s “Sunglasses at Night.” They were loud, wild and an absolute delight. The mini guitar made a huge sound filling the entire space. And TJ Hollywood (vocals) gave a thorough and exciting sound pairing perfectly with the beat.

Performance 5/5

Great energy, only two of them but they really used the whole space. “Olde Fashioned Dance off” is a super fun song that makes you want to dance. In fact the guitarist, Luke Vegas, hopped into the audience adding excitement. They both were great showmen.

Professionalism 5/5

They took charge of the room using all resources, they looked well prepared and were clearly ready to handle any kind of audience. The time they went on was late, and the audience had shrunk as hours passed through the night, but I feel like they really gave a show to those who were still around. A seasoned band knows how to deliver to any sized audience and these guys really proved that.

Aesthetic 5/5

They wore bright colored suits adding to the electronic element and kept the consistency that added a theatric element, with genre aesthetics making a huge difference. I feel they were more than competent on all fronts.

Authenticity 5/5

These guys are energetic and really love what they do. You can see it in the energy regardless of the audience size. “Motherfuckin' Party” was my favorite tune. This dynamic duo have a really have all the elements of a successful dance punk band. Their sound is a lot of fun to listen to especially if you’re a fan of 80’s music. The sound this duo delivers reminds me of the Psychedelic Furs meets The Human League.

Total: 25/25

Final Grade: 100%

Andrea Holz is a Toronto-based award winning writer, actress, comedian and coffee master. 

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