By: Derek Jung
After hearing the utterly disappointing new album, Junk, I was less excited to see M83 live, especially after paying $40+ dollars for tickets only to find out I'd be seeing them in July at Lollapalooza. Nonetheless, I was at Bogart's Tuesday night for the near capacity show. Let's just say that I am so glad I went. Anthony Gonzalez, having over five albums under his belt, finally broke out with one of my favorite albums of 2011, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. That album was still a heavy staple of his live show, and it hasn't dulled a bit in the five years since its release.
I've never watched any live M83 clips on the internet besides when he appeared on late night tv shows, so I didn't know if he would have a full backing band. Opener Bob Moses didn't encourage me. The duo, one pressing play on the same repetitive beats for 45 minutes and the other singing over layers of effects and reverb and hardly playing a guitar, were so incredibly forgettable. Thankfully, M83 arrived with four backing band members. The energy of the band is phenomenal. Gonzalez's presence was authoritatively professional, commanding attention as the front man but still leaving plenty of room for the other members to shine. Guitarist/bassist Jordan Lawlor thrashed about the stage during the frequent jams, directing wave after wave of sound forward into a crowd that soaked up every beat. The light show was fantastic and perfectly complimented each song. Anthony's vocals echoed throughout the hall, soaked in the precise amount of effects to match the sound of the album, and Keyboardist Kaela Sinclair filled the roles of Mai Lan on "Go!" and Susanne Sundfør for "Oblivion", the latter of which I highly recommend experiencing live. In fact, I think I enjoyed the songs that she sang lead more than those that Anthony sang, but honestly they were both great.
Besides a few cheers of "Cincinnati!", Anthony didn't banter with the audience much, but instead packed as many songs as he could into the 75 minute set. I'm not complaining.
Bogart's has a few videos up on their Facebook page. One for Reunion and another for Midnight City.
I will definitely be checking them out again at Lollapalooza this July.
Do It, Try It
We Own The Sky
Bibi the Dog
Echoes of Mine
Lower Your Eyelids to Die With the Sun
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