While Maybe Refuge might be a relatively new group on the indie rock scene, there is a lot of history behind them. The band members are all good buddies and come from two seperate bands, the Violets&Viruses and the former Shades of Novemeber, both whose concerts I’ve had the pleasure of attending a number of times.
My ears or my connection to the members may not be all that good but as an audience member and a fan, there’s alot of visual details that are retained in each of them which I find interesting to observe and photograph. Examples include the kind of detail in the persona, stage presence and even the quirky performance enhancing bits such as the choice of instruments and lighting.
So the evening of May 1st, I found myself heading up to Steeles Ave. where Toronto meets the town of Markham to a trendy Hong Kong inspired bar/lounge called the Chimera Lounge to check out what is to be the third performance of theirs that I’ve attended. (Prior locations included the Aspetta Cafe at Kensington Market and Rex’s Den Restaurant at UofT Scaroborough.)
Chimera Lounge is quite modern with edgy clean cut forms, a bold two colour palette and simple but lofty furnishings. Adorning the walls are flags of various countries with well known Hong Kong street signs and of course some flatscreens to watch the game.
I suppose sponsorship will always have its way (SKYY Vodka anyone?) but here’s a quirky bit, Kevin Mok, the drummer, has had neat ways of bringing about extra lighting to the performances. Its not backbreaking stuff either but it works miracles when giving the stage and the performers the extra punch. (Imagine the set without his LED strips and the side lights, ouch!)
You can check out more of their stuff on their Youtube page : http://www.youtube.com/mayberefuge