Hot! Pop Montreal 2010 review: Liars @ Le National

Posted by on October 5th, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Liars @ Le National | Sept. 30

Genre-bending rockers Liars played to an enthusiastic crowd at Le National, a lovely old theatre in the Village, proving once again that they are more fit for a big stage than their sound might imply.

Montreal’s Black Feelings (alien8 records) opened the show at 9pm, playing a loud and exuberant set.  The trio were joined by various guests, including a sax player, and their brand of rock seemed more celebratory than cathartic, despite their dark inclinations.  Calgary’s Women (Flemish Eye) got the crowd excited and justified the buzz, though personally I was more impressed by their light show.  There name did find it’s way into the butt of many jokes, as well.  (“Women, what can you do?”)

Over the course of their 5 LPs, Liars have consistently experimented with their sound, ranging from straight ahead rock to more experimental music.  As a result, one never really knows what to expect from their live set, however they spaced out the material effectively, playing a solid show with steady energy throughout.  Perhaps also as a result, their didn’t seem to be a clear highlight, yet Liars had the audience in their grasp from the moment they set foot on stage.  The audience responded enthusiastically to the entire set, calling the band out for an encore, with which they obliged with only one song.  Like Women, they had an impressive light display, however they upped the ante by flooding the room with smoke.   The studio trio was touring as a quintet, allowing singer Angus Andrew to go wild.

(Words by Joseph Sannicandro, Photos by Bachar Bachara)

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