But performing to a polite, if disinterested, audience -- as they did on the final weekend of Quebec's Festival d'été -- Seeds' tracks began to make sense. Singer Tim Baker admitted that they had played a "unidimensional set of loud songs," but to his credit, they worked. Here, each member shared the limelight, with Kinley Dowling's swirling violin battling Rishi Thavanathanski's cello for the spotlight. Seeds' never-ending breakdowns, if unfocused in recording, adopted a grandiose quality in the open air. And Baker, displaying a rare vocal power, created an unlikely sing-along in Into Your Lungs' "Red Heart," which lingered with the audience long after its completion.
The result? A solid, if inviting, set, which won over a crowd impatiently awaiting Metric's performance.