That said, Jesse F. Keeler and Sebastien Grainger still know how to put on a show. Rocking his white-overalls-no-shirt look, Grainger pounded it out on the drums and vocals — and still managed to find time to taunt the crowd for probably all being from Barrie — while Keeler (in all black) remained an enigma, albeit one that knows his way around a bass riff. Cuts from You're a Woman, I'm a Machine like the title track, "Go Home, Get Down" and especially "Romantic Rights" drew expectedly big responses from the crowd, but it was also a set that showcased the band's first new material in a decade. "Cheap Talk," "Right On, Frankenstein" and "Gemini" (dedicated to Grainger's wife on what was the couple's fifth wedding anniversary) from the forthcoming The Physical World were particularly excellent.
While diehard DFA 1979 fans would have been better suited to seeing the band reunite in a smaller space with less of a time restriction, Saturday night's set will have won over a new generation of admirers.
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