Canto at Molly Malones

Canto, Molly Malones, August 29, 2012

With the three members of Canto being under the age of 20 (and the youngest at 15), it was unusual to see this collective performing at the venerable Molly Malones. A 21 and over type of club, this certainly did not phase Canto in the least, as the music the power trio performs is absolutely timeless. While most collectives their age are dabbling within the pop punk or metalcore genres, Canto look to the 70’s era hard rock to find their influences, and the results are wondrous to behold.

Canto kicked off their set with the vibrant sounds of Sandpaper from their recent self-released CD entitled Ha Ha Ha. One notices right away the superb musicianship from all members involved.  This was certainly the kind you would experience from seasoned veterans yet the sonic sensations were emitting from thoroughly gifted young music enthusiasts.

Seamus Blackwell is the front man of the band, weaving a magical spell throughout the material either with his tasteful vocals or thrilling lead guitar maneuverings. Aidan Blackwell handles the low end on bass with a commanding sense of conviction. Excelling on drums in a big and glorious way is David Blackwell, who really places a good deal of heart and drive into his powerhouse presentation.

In addition to their own impressive compositions, Canto unleashed an imaginative cover of The White Stripes song Seven Nation Army. Desert has some witty lyrical content, including such sentiments as “It’s a new year and you’re still overweight” and other ironic observations.  And then closing out the set was the wildly infectious Crazy, where Canto invited cousin Monica up onstage for a rambunctious co-vocal. Talent does indeed run in the Blackwell family!

Once again proving how diverse and unique the Los Angeles music scene is, Canto is definitely a band on the rise and they are well worth seeking out. For all connoisseurs of well-played, ultra dynamic rock and roll, Canto’s live show is not to be missed!

(Review and Photos by Kenneth Morton)

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