Kings of Leon / We Are Scientists / The Whigs Kool Haus, Toronto ON November 7

Going to a Kings of Leon show always makes me ask myself two questions: What’s the least amount of clothing I can put on? And how can I protect my feet? There’s no need to question that the Nashville family band will put on the show of a lifetime, but there is reason to dress for the beach and for the army at the same time.

But before your outfit comes into play, you’ll notice something about first openers, the Whigs: singer Parker Gispert’s uncanny resemblance to a youthful Neil Young. But that wasn’t the only thing that made the Whigs like Young. Their grungy garage rock takes a cue from the godfather of grunge too. I’d actually pay to see this Athens, GA trio headline.

Next up were We Are Scientists, and singer Keith Murray kept the laughs coming. The Brooklyn band played a solid set of old and new, and buttered up the crowd by telling them that the new record was named after Toronto — Brain Thrust Mastery. WAS looked like they were having just as good a time as the crowd was, and that was a hell of a good time.

And then for the sweaty push to the stage in anticipation of KoL. The screams were deafening when the foursome walked on stage, just as calmly and coolly as if they were strolling through their front door. With a knack for playing all the songs you were hoping they would, KoL went through their hour and a half set without saying much other than thank you to the crowd of rabid fans. But that’s part of their charm. They bring a simplicity that seems to be a musical rarity nowadays and their quiet energy was reflected in the sweaty dancing/fist-pumping/crowd-surfing up front. It’s too bad my face was at everyone’s elbow level.