Review: Bob Moses (Live) @ CODA (Toronto) | October 6th, 2015

Bob Moses - CodaBy Erin Holdbeck, Senior Editor. There was a strange feeling on the dance floor at CODA this past Tuesday evening. Opening act Desert Sound Colony had just finished his set at the sold out venue and the sound crew worked frantically to set up for the headliners. Tonight the name in bold belonged to the Vancouver raised, Brooklyn based duo Bob Moses.

The live electronic based duo consisting of Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance offers a sound that places them in a genre of their own. Falling somewhere between techno, house and indie-rock it isn’t very common to see a microphone and guitar alongside a mixer and Ableton. Whether you call them a band or a live DJ show they are without a doubt one of the most distinct duos in either category.

I find myself inside CODA more often than I care to admit. However, I can confidently say this was one of the oddest nights I have experienced on their dance floor. Despite the event being held on a Tuesday evening the venue was packed. The usually crowded DJ booth had been transformed into a stage with a microphone and backdrop for visuals. The crowd faced forward, not quite dancing but slowly swaying, hypnotized by the melodic synths and vocals.

With Vallance heating up behind the decks and Howie’s sensual vocals the night was in full swing by 11:30p.m. The duo played a full catalogue of their own tracks including ran favourites “Grace,” “Hands to Hold” and “Talk.” They also treated the crowd with their latest release “Tearing Me Up.”

While it was far from a typical show at CODA it was clearly a crowd pleaser as those on the dance floor sang along with Howie and cheered for Vallance. Both artists kept the crowd engaged from beginning to end with their high-energy performances. Despite wrapping up around 12:30a.m. this will no doubt be one of the most memorable shows of the season due to the duo’s sheer talent and one-of-a-kind live performance.

Watch the video from their single “ Talk” from their first album “Days Gone By” here:

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