Seoul La Sala Rossa, Montreal QC, November 21
Published Nov 22, 2014It was nice to see La Sala Rossa finally starting to fill up after it had been borderline empty during a great set by local "fuzz pop, haze rock" band CTZNSHP earlier that evening. While it's likely that many of the people in attendance were simply waiting for Dan Boeckner's set with his band Operators — which boasts a pretty fervent fanbase — they were treated to a pretty excellent set by Montreal dream-pop band Seoul. While the four-piece's image can be a bit contrived and they have a tendency to sometimes take themselves a tad too seriously, it's also this rigorous attention to detail that make their live set sonically complete.
Their set included the few tracks they've released thus far, such as "White Morning" and early highlight "Stay With Us," and a handful of other tracks they've been performing for the past year. The band performs in a subdued manner with very little interaction other than the occasional "thank you," which can be somewhat off-putting, but it didn't seem to deter the crowd from swaying along and enjoying themselves. Any fans of fellow purveyors of ambient pop Toro y Moi and Twin Shadow should do themselves a favour and catch Seoul at their next live performance while we wait for their next official release.