Dear Denizen Brings a Spectacular Performance to Toronto
Lead Singer, Christian Ngabonziza of Dear Denizen holds a red lightbulb to his face as he sings the haunting lyrics of “Spectacular Man” to a loving crowd at Smiling Buddha on Feb. 24.
Native Montreal band Dear Denizen, formed in 2012 brings a fresh sound to the music scene, being compared to progressive 80’s great David Bowie, Rush, Paul Simon and even “an exotic Johnny Cash”. The variety of comparative reviews ultimately tells the audience that Dear Denizen is completely in its own element, working with flairs of musical genres from across time and space.
Congolese-Canadian, Christian Nganonziza is the frontman, accompanied by Jeff Louch, Alex Hackett and Bucky Wheaton. The band’s instrumentation is tight, the vocals are off the charts and yet Dear Denizen still brings more to the table with a “spectacular” performance style. Ngazbonziza says,
“I think performances have to be spectacular, fantastic and surprising.”
Dear Denizen definitely delivers a fantastic performance, with Ngabonziza’s interesting props, choice of attire and puppeteer-like dance style.
The band released their E.P this past July and the track, “Senator”, is a really moving piece. Ngabonziza’s beautiful voice cuts across a music composition reminiscent of marching and sings,
“tell me Senator, is there something wrong with my luck?/I tremble from trepidation as I walk the plank”.
The song later erupts into a chaotic howl that reflects the meaning of the song in a way that words cannot.
Ngabonziza says upon reflecting “Senator”, “these songs are my own travelogues. Senator is especially my observation about being a millennial in today’s society. When I juxtapose our lives with that of our fathers before us i feel we are a different species. Everything they valued most, like religion, family, education, serious careers… these things are not priority for us. And therefore I find young people increasingly incompatible with the system's pillars.”
Dear Denizen is looking forward to potentially releasing an album in 2016 and is excited to promote their e.p and play shows in the coming year.
Link to check out songs and download the amazing e.p here: http://www.deardenizen.com/