Plants and Animals
Lucky Bar, Victoria, BC, October 31
But it was material from their latest album, The End of That, that was the highlight of the band's hour-plus performance. Whether it was the strum-stomp of "Lightshow" or the even more intimate live version of "Song for Love," each time they played a song from that album it felt awkward for them to not play the very next track in sequence.
"Crisis!" with its deep blues swagger, was the set highlight, although a perfectly timed cover of the Velvet Underground's "Foggy Notion" complemented their newer fuzzed-out rock style nicely.
It's not as if Plants and Animals' earlier material doesn't hold up, it's just that the energy of their set dipped noticeably during those songs' more drawn-out spaciness. The understated thrust of a song like "Control Me" would have been the ideal way to end their set, perhaps bringing the huge-headed pterodactyl in the crowd back to reality a little. Instead, Plants and Animals ended on an extended and predictable strum-friendly freak-out that sounded like a slightly less enthused Constantines.
Plants and Animals are only three albums in, but I'd give up Bud Light Lime for a year if they'd play The End of That front to back. And I really like Bud Light Lime.
ReviewsJul 11, 2014
Basia Bulat / DestroyerMassey Hall, Toronto ON, July 10
For the fourth and final entry in this season's triumphant "Live at Massey Hall" series — a run of double bills at the storied old ven...
ReviewsDec 20, 2014
ConductThe Good Will Social Club, Winnipeg MB, December 19
It's been nearly a year since Winnipeg post-punk act, Conduct, recorded their debut album with Chicago's Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in...
ReviewsDec 20, 2014
AustraOpera House, Toronto ON, December 19
For the past three years, Toronto band Austra have established themselves as a force onstage, translating their spectral synth-pop into unfe...
ReviewsDec 13, 2014
Pharmakon / Marshstepper / LigatureLa Vitrola, Montréal QC, December 12
Noise outfits are not creatures born to be loved. But just as Santa can't be the merry obese old man he is without Krampus (or his French eq...