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Plants and Animals @ La Tulipe, Nov. 27; Surprise Show Tonight @ Divan Orange

Posted by Olivier / November 28, 2008

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It has only been nine months since Plants and Animals last played in Montreal to a sold-out crowd at Sala Rosa for the release of their album Parc Avenue. Since then, they’ve been named to the indie rock all-star team by the commissioner, Pitchfork Media, and have enough buzz to cause the much larger La Tulipe to sell-out last night and start rejecting wannabe rock journalists like myself due to potential fire hazards. Yet somehow they still more or less lived up to the hype.

There was a bit of a carnival atmosphere when I arrived at the La Tulipe. Last-minute ticket seekers waited hopefully outside, and La Tulipe’s less than friendly staff was aggressively keeping out the throngs trying to get in. When there was a problem with my media accreditation at the door, I got into a slightly absurd discussion with the bouncers in French as to whether I was an ecrivain or journaliste. I chose writer, but it turns out the the correct answer was journalist (damn Choose Your Own Adventure!), and I had to wait another fifteen minutes before it was all sorted out.

Once inside, it was clear that this was no ordinary concert. The entire Montreal indie scene seemed to be out and about, either here to bask in the glory of one of their newly anointed or lend a helping hand for the evening. Some of this occurred on stage, with who I believe was Sarah Neufeld of the Arcade Fire/Belle Orchestre providing string support to the Plants and Animals trio, and other vocals and horns support from people I didn’t recognize but who received knowing applause from the Luminati. Off-stage, I was surprised to see local alt-country hero Lil’ Andy working the cash at the merch booth. This was truly a family affair, and I in retrospect I should have double-checked to make sure that wasn’t Win Butler bartending.

As for the music, it was, well, excellent, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has heard Parc Avenue. Plants and Animals has quite a different sound from many of the indie bands out there, choosing to go back to some classic rock roots with distorted guitars and wailing solos in addition to the usual melodic violins and occasional Chris Martin vocals, all combining to create a particularly powerful effect. Maybe it was the beers, lack of sleep, or nostalgia induced by the swiftly-arriving departure of good friends, but a few especially poignant songs even had me fighting back tears. That, I can say, is a concert first for me, and I’d rather attribute it to the quality of Plants and Animals melancholy than on how much alcohol I’d consumed.

For those who were denied entry last night, or those stoic types who want to prove they can attend a Plants and Animals show without getting emotional, you are being given a second chance tonight with a surprise show at Le Divan Orange at 10 PM. Though not the best venue in my opinion, this will definitely be a more intimate show, and one that might not be so common in the future as Plants and Animals continue their rise to indie stardom.

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7 Comments

G / November 28, 2008 at 05:53 pm
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Nice one! You are too sweet. Get ready to fight back more tears tonight baby!
golu dolls / February 5, 2019 at 10:01 pm
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kanchipuramsarees / February 5, 2019 at 10:01 pm
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kanchipuramsarees / February 5, 2019 at 10:02 pm
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herbal powder / February 5, 2019 at 10:02 pm
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