I didn't know what to expect in seeing them perform live. I knew that they hailed from my hometown Toronto and that they recently split from the Arts & Crafts label (home to another great band Broken Social Scene and based in Toronto), and that I loved listening to my vinyl copy of Set Yourself On Fire, but I hadn't heard their newest album and pretty much just went to the concert ready for whatever came at me. Personally I think a band can really solidify a place in a person's heart once you've seen them live - if the experience is good. I was hoping that would be what happened.
And it did happen. The band has this great energy and spirit, and the audience could feel it. At one point, frontman Torquil Campbell asked everyone to take a step back so there would be more room for dancing. He added that he didn't want to see anyone get crushed at the front of the stage tonight. The audience obeyed so peacefully and I've never seen that happen at a concert before. Very cool.
At the end of the show Lisa bought a vinyl copy of their newest album The Five Ghosts - which I was happy to discover was white - for my sadly small record collection. Yay my first fun-coloured record!
|The Five Ghosts|