To say that Saturday, November 12th’s sold-out M83 concert at Venue was mind-blowing is an understatement. To say that it was in the top ten live shows of 2011, does it no justice.
To say that it was the best concert Vancouver saw this year is spot on. Front-man Anthony Gonzales set the tone when he walked on stage playing a guitar; a surprise considering he is usually engulfed in a sea of keyboards. We were about to witness something special.
The quartet of multi-instrumentalist Jordan Lawlor, keyboarder-vocalist Morgan Kibby, drummer Loïc Maurin, and lead-singer, guitarist, and keyboarder Anthony Gonzales, were on tour for Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, one of the most anticipated and best albums of 2011. The tension, anticipation, and pure excitement were thick until the band launched into “Intro,” the opening track off Hurry Up (which, on the album, features Zola Jesus; Kibby filled her boots for the live show impeccably).
And then, the crowd erupted. The four on stage and the 500-plus lucky people in attendance spent the next 90 minutes on an vocally powerful, electrically charged, sincerely sparkly session of musical storytelling.
It went by too fast. From Saturdays = Youth, to Hurry Up, to Before the Dawn Heals Us, M83 was triumphant, almost transcending time. Finishing with “Couleurs,” a bass-fueled, pulsing instrumental jammed out in the encore, the band and the crowd parted ways, soaring on parallel wavelengths in separate directions, equally as high.
As the mass spilled out onto the slick, rainy Granville Street in one reverberating, youth-infused ball, it was clear that what we had just seen would not be repeated in a place of that size again. M83 is officially on another level.