Review & Photos by Kevin Miller
It all started back in March 2018 when the Toronto-based four piece, Selfish Things, released their debut EP, Vertical Love. The band started off years prior with releases of singles and saw great success so it was inevitable for this EP to continue the buzz… and thats EXACTLY what it did, eventually landing themselves a record deal with pop-punk power house, Pure Noise Records. The sky seems to be the limit for this band landing tours back in their home country with likes of Simple Plan & Courage My Love to full US runs with William Ryan Key & Corey Wells & that is exactly what brought me to the High Watt in Nashville… the buzz.
Selfish Things took the stage IMMEDIATELY gaging the audience before even playing a single note. Front man, Alex Biro, having conversations with the concert goers in the front sheding some light onto who they are and where they were from. Then the music started and the energy of the music, of the performances by each musician on that stage was parallel to nothing I have seen recently. A live show with peaks and valleys, louring the crowd in with and intimate 2 song break where Biro serenaded everyone with just his voice and a piano. Biro’s took that moment to open up to the crowd about a dark time in his life and dealing with anxieties and depressions throughout his life. Shedding light on the world we live in today that there is a problem with the society we live in and the stigmas that are being portrayed, challenging those who related to not feel alone and that it was okay to not be okay. Just when you thought the set took a turn to sad and intimate the band stepped on stage and the music was right back in your face…like a wake up call.
Again, the peaks and valleys of their performance if not planned were still perfectly placed and I commend them for it cause that is an art itself that is lost in live shows these days. Given I just started listening to the band, and it was the first time I have seen them live I saw many influences from many different genres in their song writing bringing elements all the way from old school punk like, CKY, to the new wave radio sounds it was such a refreshing balance of old and new. I myself am highly anticipating the drop of their debut record on Pure Noise Records, because I will go out on a limb and say already, it will be in the running for Album Of The Year for me.