Emerging Toronto rock band Affinity demonstrates a fearlessness and passion for loud, edgy and seriously contagious rock music. Made up of Ashley Curtis (lead vocals), Mack Flynn (Bass/Keys/Synth/BG Vox), Al Walsh (Guitar) Chris Andersen (Guitar), and Jeremy Burton (Drums), Affinity's dedicated and rapidly growing posse of fans – and not just because Ashley randomly invites them to down shots with her in between songs - are mesmerized by the band’s incredibly tight, powerful and polished performance. Heads nod effortlessly to Al and Chris' hard driving guitars. Match that with Ashley’s fiery range of emotion, Mack’s listen-up harmonies, cool bass and killer keys, Jeremy's precision drumming and relentless energy and all flow into one huge performance that pays homage to the old days of rock’n’roll, where singers could sing and players could play … anywhere, anytime, not just in studio.
"We have a ton of musical influences, and this shows in our song-writing. We love heavy rock riffs and soaring melodies, up-tempo head banging songs, and those epic rock ballads. Lyrically the songs are about all the stuff young adults go through: the fun stuff like partying and drinking, the ups and downs of hookups, relationships, friendship betrayals, figuring out the good and bad in the world and who you are; you know - life. The best feeling is when someone writes me on facebook and asks for the lyrics ‘cause one of our songs really spoke to them. That's why we do this!" – Ash.
"We work really hard on our live show and bring high energy to the stage. We want every single person there to have an awesome time, so we will never-ever put on a half-assed performance just because we're tired, in a bad slot, whatever.” – Mack.
As if to back up Mack and Ashley's comments, here’s what an acclaimed Toronto-based music reviewer had to say about Affinity’s live show:
“Fronted by a sassy female lead singer with an entrancing stage presence, this five-piece charged through anthemic guitar-driven rock, accented by soaring melodies, supercharged riffs, and undeniable showmanship. Heavy, energetic, and ultra catchy. Keep to your musical vision.” - Lonely Vagabond, independent music reviewer for Exclaim! Eye Weekly and Now Magazine.
Keep to their musical vision they have – and it seems to be working (well) for them. Over the past few years, Affinity has been extremely fortunate to share the stage with the likes of INXS, Theory of a Deadman, The Tea Party, and Die Mannequin to name a few. Affinity was also chosen (October 2011) by Future Shop to headline at the St Mary’s University/Future Shop Toss the Disc National Campus Challenge in Halifax, NS.
When all is said.n.done, everything points to one incredibly obvious fact - they’re the real deal. So, if you’re obsessed with rock, live for live gigs, have a wee bit (k …a lot) of edge and don’t mind showing it, then head’s up - Affinity is definitely a band you’re gonna wanna watch in 2014!!