Venue: Il Motore
Date: Apr 7 2011
Label: Arts & Crafts
By Terri O’Reilly:
Small venues generally create a sense of amiability, whether the mood is generated by the music, the people, and/or the venue itself. So on a Thursday evening in Montreal, Memphis played to a seemingly large crowd of fans and close friends, at Il Motore. Torquil Campbell and Chris Dumont, the duo that make up Memphis, were accompanied on stage by a backing band of three: sax, drums, and guitar.
The industry veterans seemed to play with just as much feeling as if it had been to a crowd of hundreds. They played songs from their current album Here Comes a City as well as older songs. The tracks featured off of their newest album I Want The Lights On After Dark and Apocalypse Pop Song were pleasantly received by the audience. Throughout the evening, Toquil Campbell enlightened the crowd on how “Tokyo is the best place in the world to get drunk”, along with references to the West Island suburbs of Montreal, these little interjections kept the communication between that band and fans alive.
Yet, when the music would break between songs, it revealed less than an attentive crowd. Leaving to wonder just what was missing from the performance. The audience consisted of an eclectic mix of old, young, and everything in-between. Dually noted were members of the successful band Stars who came to support their fronting singer, Torquil Campbell. The performance definitely reflects their album with sheer moments of brilliance, but if we are to honest it occasionally wavered ever so slightly in the opposite direction –at leaving the crowd feeling as though they’d not quite heard it all.