Sunday, July 18, 2010

Elias (w/ Henry & The Nightcrawlers) @ The Shark Club -- 07/17/10

I know what you're thinking. I was thinking it too. The Shark Club? What the hell? But even though it is an unlikely place for live music, I am all for more venues in Vancouver. And it turned out to be not that bad. The layout was kind of... strange, as it was very much like they just had a stage in the middle of a "sports bar & grill", but the sound was pretty damn good, and that's the most important thing, isn't it? I don't know if I will be clamouring to see any more shows there, but I've been to worse.

First of the night was Henry & The Nightcrawlers. They had a slightly different lineup for the night, as filling in for Zach Gray on the bass was Peter Carruthers (who you may know from Said The Whale). They started the set as the place was still filling up, and at first it was a little... chatty, but as they went through their set, the funk-infused indie rock grabbed peoples attention. Both "On A Week Night" and "100 Blows" had cool extended endings (based on the versions of the songs on the self-titled EP, anyway) and, as I'm sure I mentioned before, "The Fucking" is always a great live song.
Come to think of it, every time seem them it's been opening for someone else, so I can't wait to see their own headlining show.

setlist
The Fight (La Lucha), Daytime Friend, The New Guy, The Fucking, On A Week Night, Amberly, Fan The Flames, 100 Blows.

Next was Run The Red Light, whose LED light towers back-lit them amongst the smoke, creating an interesting atmosphere, as much of the time you could just see then band in silhouette. They had a good stage presence, but not much banter or talk between songs, and while they were certainly not bad, they perhaps lacked variety. Their songs had a kind of ambient, alt-rock sound to them, but a lot of them sounded a little similar, even the cover of Sarah McLachlan's Possession (which, okay, was actually quite awesome). I wouldn't be averse to checking the out again, but wouldn't be in any rush to.

Finally was Elias, who I hadn't actually seen live in quite some time, and I'm not sure why. They didn't have too much stage banter either, but it was easy to tell the band has been doing this for a while. Everything seemed effortless; they had a pretty commanding stage presence and you could feel the emotion dropping from each song. A few times they changed the pace of the set, with lead singer Brian Healy switching from the keys to the guitar, which gave that much more depth to their sound.
They also threw in a cover near the end, Peter Gabriel's Solsbury Hill, which was pretty darn good. After one other song, they came back for the prerequisite encore -- even though lead singer Healy mentioned he wasn't a fan of them -- and left everyone satisfied. And me wondering why I hadn't taken more chances to see them live.

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