April 9, 2012

Plants and Animals - Red Palace - April 6, 2012

That's Not the End of That

Canadian rockers Plants and Animals rolled through town on Friday, bringing their easy-on-the-ears indie pop to the Red Palace.  The band has been together for over 10 years, which is apparant from their cohesive live performance.  Leaning largely on their new record, 'The End of That', the band moved effortless through the setlist.  Standouts from the new record included the acoustic, finger-picker 'Before', 'Song for Love', and the driving 'Lightshow'.  Fans of their 2010 break-out record, 'La La Land' were not disappointed, especially with 'Game Shows' and 'Mama Papa'.  Frontman Warren Spicer was reasonably energetic, but the real treat was the pose and presence of guitarist Nic Basque whose on-stage spirit was infectious. 

Opening band This is the Kit was a good pairing, with pleasant melodies hovering over guitar, bass or banjo.  The only real complaint from the night was the crowd.  Now I'm all for making new friends, but perhaps a rock concert in a small club is not the best venue for that (I'm looking in your direction Meetup DC).  The floor was full of concert newbs more concerned with filling their friend lists than appreciating the musical offering, but that's par for the course around here.

In general, these guys made the most out of that tiny stage.  If you are unfamiliar with the band, do yourself a favor and head to their website, itunes, mog, etc, and pick up their two latest offerings.  We'll be sure to let you know when they come back around.

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