Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Besnard Lakes @ Firebird (4/23/13)



Opener
  • I missed all of Tone Rodents, but caught the last couple of songs by Suuns.  I wouldn't have minded seeing more of them.

Setlist
  • The first several song were off the latest album, Until In Excess..., which I've only given a couple of listens thus far.  I was disappointed to only hear one song off ...the Roaring Night, my favorite of their 3 albums I've listened to.

Stage
  • They pulled out quite a few stops for a show at a small venue like Firebird.  In fact, they probably overdid it with the fog machine (the whole place was filled up with it).  But the pedal controlled lights were a decent addition.

Observations
  • Too bad the show only drew maybe 50 people, which is disappointing considering that they have put out a couple of Polaris Music Prize nominated albums.  I guess that's St. Louis on a Tuesday night, especially when you're an obscure indie band.
  • The two guitarists used their whammy bars way more than I can recall seeing at a concert before.  This makes sense when considering the music, but I never thought about it enough to realize that's what's going on.
  • Overall, I think I set my expectations to high for this show, as I was a bit disappointed when I walked out.  I think the setlist choices probably contributed the most to this.

High/low-lights
  • I could have done without the seeming two minute intros to almost every song.  And they started pushing my patience with the jams, especially toward the end of the show.
  • Their harmonies, in which all four members participated at one time or another, are just about as good live as on record.

Rating: 4.0/5

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