Friday night at The Garrison, I was caught off guard by Vancouver’s No Sinner, and treated to 45 minutes of balls-to-the-wall blues rock. This band was so gregarious, they managed to make a Toronto crowd shut up and pay attention.
Their soulful and smart singer, Colleen Rennison, came across in Janis Joplin or Etta James style, and commanded the room with nothing but her talent. Her brilliance was furthered by the band’s showmanship—each member is just as musically gifted, and also equally committed to putting on a show you can’t turn away from. By far the best band on the bill that night, No Sinner have a professional stage presence that you don’t often see in this post-record label era. They rose above the DIY vibe that most bands at this year’s CMW are pumping out.
If you’re looking for a blues outfit that’s current and several tiers above a bar band, find No Sinner. Their new record, Old Habits Die Hard, will be released on May 20th. Above, is the video for the single “Boo Hoo Hoo,” off their 2014 album of the same name.