The Rapture / The Constantines / Erland Øye Opera House, Toronto ON - June 7, 2003
Published Jan 01, 2006One half of Norway's Kings of Convenience, Erland Øye, opened the show with charmingly minimal indie pop guitar songs. But quiet efforts sometimes go unnoticed, and his songs remained under-appreciated. Pulling the dozy into an all-out ruckus were the ever-improving, always impressive Constantines, who featured tracks from their anxiously awaited Shine A Light disc. New York's latest disco-punk hopefuls, the Rapture, started out with their version of the Psychedelic Furs' "Dumb Waiters," the three-piece turned four-piece got a chance to showcase their new saxophonist and keyboardist, whose addition was arguably the group's best move yet. Luke Jenner's characteristically chaotic wail and urgent shout slowed into melodic come-down chorus lines, but not for long. The dance vibes got heavy when "House of Jealous Lovers" finally made an entrance as closer, at last giving zealous booties a chance to dance. An encore performance featuring Gary Glitter's infamous sports theme song, "Rock and Roll," in one of the most bizarre cover ideas in a while, left question marks floating above many a mind however.