samedi 8 décembre 2018

The Internet
Syd is thankful. She wants us to know that on behalf of the band she is a part of: The Internet. Saying it in between ad libs and repeating "thank you Montreal, I really mean it" all along the show. 

The ease with which each member of this band performs and their apparent complicity is a beautiful sight. 

Despite Syd and Steve Lacy having an extensive catalog of solo song, this concert is dedicated to The Internet's repertoire. Going back and fourth in between Hive Mind and Ego Death, you can follow the story line along the show with Syd giving the reason why/for who she wrote some of the songs she performs. 

Next to Syd, you can't ignore Steve Lacy. Moving with so much confidence and ease in his Margiela boots and rocking a hot pink velour shirt with matching gloves (it is "fucking cold" in Syd's words), he looks like what the word cool mean. Changing guitars all along the show, sometimes playing a pink one, a blue one or a green one, he takes his time to adjust them while Syd interacts with the crowd and reply to fans by telling them she loves them too before she sees Steve's nod from the corner of her eye to let the band know that he's ready to go. 

The set, designed like a living room, makes you feel that you are at one of their jam sessions. The kind of proximity that makes someone throw a box of chocolate tied in a red bow on stage. 

This vibe stays intact for the entire length of the show and makes you feel like you're hanging with some friends especially when you see Syd sitting on the couch while the Patrick raps and Steve performs a song.

Back to Syd's soothing voice when she sings the therapeutic Better With Time that she introduces by saying that she wrote it to help her fight her depression. Her ending the show with saying that performing is therapy to her gives even more meaning to her last round of thank yous, we help her feel better and she lets us know throughout the show. 

After a second 30-seconds ovation, Syd thanks the crowd and asks them if they have enough energy for another song. Not the usual encore scenario, no pretending. They're real and they're being themselves. Each band member with its own style and vibe, as if they were just chilling in Syd's parents' basement. 
The exact feeling they want to convey with this set design.

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