Nancy Pants Divan Orange, Montreal QC, September 19

Nancy Pants Divan Orange, Montreal QC, September 19
Photo: Steve Louie
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Taking the stage at Divan Orange on Saturday night in front of a packed crowd of familiar faces, lo-fi garage pop trio Nancy Pants proved that they're a captivating force to be reckoned with. Fuelled by visceral, frantic drumming and boundless energy, Nancy Pants brought the audience back to a time and place where shows were fun in the purest sense of the word — a place where people dance with abandon, and mini moshpits form and dissolve on a whim.
 
Opening with "Happy" off their latest LP Total Nancy Pants, the band kicked off a set that constantly teetered between complete control and utter chaos. Bouncing around the stage and yelling into the microphone when the moment called for it, Ohara Hale's vocals proved to be both powerful and vulnerable, lacing the set with an undeniable sense of riot grrrl nonchalance. After breaking a string and switching out her guitar for a friend's, she announced apologetically "Forgive me…forgive us, we just met." Adam Waito and drummer Jeremy MacCuish, meanwhile, helped ground the band while keeping the entire set upbeat and ebullient. The performance made it clear that Nancy Pants are a band to keep your eyes and ears on.