CTZNSHP L'Escrogriffe, Montreal QC, September 18

CTZNSHP L'Escrogriffe, Montreal QC, September 18
Photo: Steve Louie
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Intimate and dimly lit, the dungeon-like bar known affectionately as "L'Esco" is one of those venues that oozes a relaxed sense of cool. Taking its stage on Friday evening in a glow of red and blue lights, Montreal haze-rock outfit CTZNSHP proved that a great setting can add some cinematic flair to an already multi-layered sound.
 
Armed with songs off their latest album All Things to the Sea, the trio moved through their short set with ease, with the music's poppy undertones making the small, surprisingly rigid crowd sway back and forth on occasion. The band were slightly more relaxed and relatively unassuming, as they created big, anthemic tracks out of very little, building into a sound that seemed better suited to large stadiums than dive bars.

Ending their set with material from their debut Doom Love, the band also offered a quick tongue-in-cheek thank-you to Uber cabs, Serena Ryder, "Dad and whoever else." The set demonstrated that CTZNSHP are a band ready to blow, despite the fact that they find themselves just under the radar time and time again.