Her album is named Messes which might be the meaning of inappropriate since each song is nothing short of perfection. The debut from Detroit’s indie-rocker, Stef Chura, is a magnificent gem of moody sadness, dominant guitar, attitude and a perfectly foggy voice, earning her a title of “the one to watch”.
Monday night Chura made her Toronto debut at The Drake. The crowd was modest, but definitely earned bragging rights. Once her name becomes known (give it time), a select few will be able to reference back to the musician’s memorable showcase and tell other fans with a brooding smile, “Yeah, I was at that show.”
Emerging from the shadows in the audience, Chura climbed on stage and strapped her guitar over her chest. The ease of her dominantly raspy voice is mind boggling to watch, sounding slightly as a softer Katie Monks (Dilly Dally) . You wonder how something so powerful can come from someone so small. Letting loose the jumpier bit off the album, Spotted Gold, one song in, brought the crowd closer to the stage before she changed the mood entirely. Mesmerizing everyone with the stunner, Human Being. She set the tone, created by her album, by taking control of the room and playing a show you’ll kick yourself for missing.