November 18, 2010

V4YS Concert Review - Broken Social Scene - Live In London & Paris (Koko & Elysée Montmartre), 15&17/11/10

Sometimes everything seems to happen for a (good) reason.
After the fantastic Cinematic Orchestra sunday evening, a friend (thank you Denis!) made me realize that one of my other favorite band, Broken Social Scene, was playing the next day in the wonderful theater Koko in Camden.
Even though I had planned to see them live in Paris later in the week, I extended my London we for a day for another memorable musical experience.
So here are a few impressions on these two shows from the most soulful indie band I know!

Kevin Drew
Led by the band core members Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Andrew Whiteman and drummer Justin Peroff, the collective included up to 12 people on stage at some point during the Koko show when John McEntire, who produced their outstanding latest LP "Forgiveness Rock Record "(review here), briefly joined them for a track.
Adding to this "jam" or "tribe" spirit, the amazing ability of most of their musicians to switch instruments one song after the other (from bass to guitars, keyboards or horns)  brings a delicious feeling of organised chaos.
This is what I  love so much about them and that I find in their records. A variety of sounds, influences, styles that differentiate them so much from the regular indie crowd.

Lisa Lobsinger
That being said it is less true of the Paris show where the band was smaller (no trombone player, no occasional guests), the gig shorter (1h30 against almost 2h in London) and closer to a classic indie rock concert.

If both sets were different, both nevertheless focused on the latest LP with a great pick of some of their best tracks from previous albums.
Among my favorite moments were the brilliant "Guilty Cubicles/Superconnected" medley, the moving piano/horns version of "Lover's Spit" or the atmospheric interpretations of "All To All" and "Anthems For  A Seventeen Year-Old Girl" sung by Lisa Lobsinger.
Talking about her I was charmed by her performance.
Vocals full of sincerity and emotions, a penetrating melancholic stare enhanced by her beautiful hair-style, she was some kind of angel floating bare-foot around the stage...
Andrew Whiteman

All in all I found that the quality of orchestrations, the positive energy and the friendly crowd conctact were the ultimate sign of a band in full maturity.
I'm sure Kevin and his friends will offer us many, many more splendid productions in the years to come!


Below a few rough videos from both shows, "Guilty Cubicles/Superconnected" medley at Koko, "Anthems For a Seventeen Year-Old Girl" and "Lover's Spit" at the Elysée Montmartre :




Le hasard fait parfois bien les choses. 
Après un we musical londonien mémorable conclu dimanche soir par la prestation magique de Cinematic Orchestra au Royal Albert Hall (voir review précédente), j'ai décidé au dernier moment de rester un jour de plus outre-Manche lorsque j'ai réalisé (merci Denis) qu'un autre de mes groupes adorés, Broken Social Scene, jouait lundi soir dans le superbe théatre rococo Koko
J'avais prévu de longue date de les voir la même semaine à Paris mais abondance de biens ne nuit pas et voici donc quelques impressions de ces deux shows du groupe indie le plus soulful que je connaisse!
Emmené par les deux leaders Brendan Canning et Kevin Drew, le collectif canadien a compté jusqu'à 12 personnes sur scène à Londres, dont trois cuivres, lorsque divers invités et amis les ont rejoint momentanément sur scène. 
Cet esprit de joyeux chaos organisé résume parfaitement l'identité de ce collectif à part qui allie sonorités, influences et styles musicaux variés pour produire depuis plus de 10 ans un post-rock mélancolique plein de finesse.
Les deux concerts furent néanmoins un peu différents puisque le show parisien fut plus classique avec moins de musiciens et un set plus "indé" comparè à celui de Londres que j'ai préféré. 
Globalement le groupe a utilisé comme fil conducteur son excellent dernier album "Forgiveness Rock Record" (review ici) en y ajoutant une sélection bien sentie de certains de leurs plus beaux morceaux précédents comme "Guilty Cubicles", "Superconnected"," Lover's Spit" ou bien encore "Anthems For A seventeen Year-Old Girl". 
La présence envoûtante et la voix planante de la chanteuse Lisa Lobsinger, l'énergie et le contact très chaleureux de Kevin Drew et de ses comparses ont fait le reste. Le groupe semble en pleine maturité et cela promet pour les années à venir.
Ci-dessus quelques vidéos des deux concerts.

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