Published Mar 21, 2008Seldom have I seen an act dominate a small stage like Plants and Animals did at the Horseshoe. Bristling with playful energy, the band wasted little time with banter, electing to pummel the audience with amped-up versions of songs from their recent EP and full-length. P&A stuck mostly to EP material, which translated particularly well from progressive folk recordings to stadium-sized rock-outs. Continual three-part harmonies, inventive chord voicings and unbridled enthusiasm gave the Montreal group a sound so huge it was easy to forget the expansive orchestrations of their recordings. By the end, it was hard to tell whether the band or the audience had more fun.