Saturday August 9th – APK Live, London ON

Even though I had just seen Eternal Summers just over a month ago at NXNE; I couldn’t give up the chance to see them in my home town again. This time they were accompanied by Grounders  from (Toronto), whom I tried to fit into my busy 2012 NXNE schedule, but couldn’t as I could only fit in 33 bands in 3 days. The opening band was Partners In Health (London ON). I’ve seen their name around over the last little bit so I was very curious that I checked them out – I’m glad I did.

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Partners In Health (London ON) – Opening Band
I would classify Partners In Health as an Indie Rock / Electro Alternative band. Right away this band makes you feel comfortable with their feel good music and playful chatter throughout their set. I found myself trying to sing the lyrics (which always ends up interesting and entertaining to those surrounding me). Much of the crowd really seemed to appreciate their performance – dancing right at the front of the stage. In whole, they were a fun band to see and a great band to open for the second band, Grounders.

(Toronto) – Second Band
Grounders are another Indie Rock /Electro Band. They seem to be getting more and more attention these days as I keep seeing their name supporting other bands. As soon as they took the stage you had a feeling that they were all business. I can honestly say that they definitely got the job done. Their sounds we’re crisp and well timed (kudos also goes out to APK sound man, Nathan Lamb). Unfortunately, much of their show was dimly lit so it was a challenge to capture much of their facial detail/expressions, but their silhouettes worked fine (photos above). The vocals by lead singer, Andrew Davis were captivating as he has a unique and colourful voice.

Eternal Summers
(Virginia) – Headliner
Eternal Summers is a 3-piece Indie Rock /Dream Punk band. They’re pretty hot as an up-and-comer in the indie music scene right now as they tour across North America. Their recorded music sounds great, but unfortunately I can’t say the same for their live performance, as it’s a little dry. Yes, their sound is great, but I didn’t really see much emotion in either performance in the past 2 months. I guess I was wondering/hoping they may have felt a little uptight/nervous at NXNE earlier in the year and maybe their London Performance they’d let loose a little – Unfortunately that wasn’t the case, but then again the crowd had sadly narrowed out before their performance was done. If they could somehow liven up their on-stage performance they could be a real treat to see live.

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Aaron McMillan

Aaron is the Founder / Chief Editor and curator of Indie Underground. He was the Festival / Music Director for the 2017 Dundas Street Festival and the Music Director in 2016. He is scene builder / promoter for select events in London Ontario, Toronto, Canada, and Southwestern Ontario. When Aaron's not working on Indie Underground, you'll usually find him at a concert or DIY event. He's a sucker for anything that glows in the dark and the company of his cat, Charlie. Watch for Aaron to make a return to DJing in 2018 when he will begin to mix Trance.