The Antlers + The Dodos 15-06-10 - La Tulipe, Montreal
Wednesday June 15th was somewhat of a special night in Montreal. Just to tell you I had never seen in years and years of experience the La Tulipe be so jammed packed with people. A double venue such as The Antlers and The Dodos certainly deserved our presence and attention.
Opening band Gauntle Hair did not exactly set the tone of night with their with their heavy saturated sound, but they certainly warmed up the crowd for what was coming up next.
The Antlers took over the stage for one solid, flawless set. The band delivered their synth-pop hymns with assurance. A good moment was the Antlers performed «I Don’t Want Love» from their latest album Burst Apart, out earlier this year. Frontman Peter Silberman was glowing and sounded as good as on record, reaching an incredibly high level of pitch. Besides, you know that it’s a good night when the guitarists finish their solos down on the the ground.
Then, the Dodos came up to please both our eyes and feet. Duo turned three man band for the occasion proved us that finger picking is the best therapy. It was indeed very impressive to watch musicians working out their instruments with great talent and technique, though all seemed very effortless. The power trio really gave their all and built in the most incredible solos. It was also interesting to see for ourselves how such a simple line-up is able to compose such complex music .
One other surprising element was to note how the crowd was actually pleased to hear the bands they so dearly affectionate. What I like the most about Montreal venues is always the assembly’s legendary enthusiast - though I have never really been to concerts elsewhere. Fans cheered and interacted with the bands the whole time to which the musicians very well responded to. As the concert ended late with an encore, most of all certainly wished that is was that it was a never ending night.