...be happy. Last night's show was a superior live rock show in every facet.
BUT! Do yourself a favor and get there early enough to see Montreal's Stars perform.
In truth, if all you Monday people are like the Sunday people, then no worries. The place was jam packed at the beginning of Stars' set and by the end, the crowd was offering the band a raucous show of approval. Seriously. This is a much hyped band that earned every accolade last night--playing the hell out of the songs they recorded.
By means of comparison, here are just a few ways--the little things that make a big difference mostly--in which Stars managed to provide a live show superior to say...another much-hyped indie band we talked about last week.
- They knew how their songs began.
- They knew how to play their songs so that tempos didn't sag.
- They knew how to sing into microphones so that the vocals were intelligible.
- They knew how to end their songs.
- They knew how to perform as if showmanship was something that mattered.
- They acted as if playing their own music meant something to them.
- They acted as if playing their own music was something they found to be enjoyable.
Again, you know, the little things.
Stars bring some captivating R&B flourishes to their already lovely indie-tinged pop. Their songwriting is Brill Building-pure, and I find them to be like a less cynical Beautiful South--but be warned, the male-female vocal interplay is probably 90% of the reason I make that visceral connection. But these guys are a generous band who play with real vigor and style and just seem to be having a hell of a lot of fun playing. Sunday night's crowd received them with tremendous enthusiasm. I was really impressed when, during a quieter song, the packed house listened with total appreciation--I didn't hear a single side-conversation (whereas, by the epicenter of last week's CYHSY show, that audience had basically turned to one another for entertainment), the audience just transfixed.
These guys are a great band and a terrific complement to Death Cab. So, I urge you, don't sleep on them. Get to 9:30 early and I promise you will not regret it.