CM Does POP Montreal 2013 – Day 3Monday, September 30th, 2013
Candice and Mel report from Day 3 – Friday, Sept. 27 – of POP Montreal 2013…
POP MTL Day 3 promised another night of musical mastery. We were off to Metropolis for another sold out show: Seoul x Wild Nothing x Local Natives.
First up was Montreal based Seoul, a mashup of whimsical ambient/pop music. The trio (Dexter, Nigel, and Julian) are about to release their debut album I Become A Shade. Their songs had an airy Toro Y Moi vibe. Mid-set, the lead singer reminisced about seeing Metric play at Metropolis at age 14. He had hoped one day he could “get into pyrotechnics like that” and thanked POP for his “living the dream” moment.
Next to take stage was Virginia’s Wild Nothing, a dream pop/indie rock band comprised of Jack Tatum (lead singer), Nathan Goodman (guitar), Jeff Haley (bass), and Jeremiah Johnson (drums). Wild Nothing’s set consisted of songs from their two albums, Gemini and Nocturne, as well as their more recently released EP, Empty Estate. The crowd’s momentum was building thanks to the band’s catchy synth-pop tunes. Dreamy island music entranced the crowd – are these the new Western Beach Boys?
The headliners, LA indie rock band Local Natives, were up next and the crowd was booming. They hit the stage with a bang. Their catchy beats and sweet groove had the audience captivated. Local Natives band members Taylor Rice (guitar, vocals, bass), Kelcey Ayer (vocals, keyboards, percussion, guitar), Ryan Hahn (guitar keyboards, mandolin, vocals), and Matt Frazier (drums) were constantly switching instruments, adding to their collaborative edge. Switch-ups between the lead vocalists brought a rich dynamic to their sound. Their stage presence was infectious and you could tell they were genuinely excited to be back in Montreal, where they wrote their latest album, Hummingbird.
Metropolis’ epic light show was mind blowing. The music was accompanied by intense visual beauty. There was so much to love about this performance. For their last encore song, Local Natives wanted to try something different. They played an acoustic version of “Who Knows Who Cares” – something they had only tried once, in the streets of Paris, three years ago. We were left in a dazed haze of contentment.