Cigarettes After Sex in Toronto


By: Russell Canceran


Photo Credit: Billboard

As the Phoenix Concert Theatre quickly fills up, the crowd impatiently waits for the infamous and elusive Brooklyn-based band Cigarettes After Sex. There is no opener this night, and rightfully so, as the band’s cult-like following supersedes the need for one. The band’s lo-fi instrumentals and atmospheric sound, headed by lead singer Greg Gonzalez’s androgynous vocals, has garnered them high praise from independent music blogs. The band quietly takes the stage and the crowd erupts in praise, which quickly transitions to eerie awe as soon as Gonzalez sings a single note. The set begins with the tracks “Sweet” and “Sunsetz” off the band’s self-titled debut studio album, Cigarettes After Sex (2017). Backed by beautiful monochrome visuals that match the band’s thematic cover art and paired with slowly drifting smoke, the crowd settles into a melodic lull. The band’s sensual lyrics almost make it seem criminal to not be there with a significant other. The band also makes sure to repay long-standing fans with tracks such as “I’m a Fireman” and “Dreaming of You” from their 2012 debut EP, I.The band closes out with the song that brought them underground infamy, “Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby,” and follows up with their latest single, “Apocalypse.” As the crowd roars in applause, it is clear that this won’t be the last time the band graces Toronto with its presence.

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