Thursday, December 13, 2012

Florence + the Machine & Ty Segall - Show Review - Concert Review

Just got back from a European excursion that included seeing two shows: Florence + the Machine in Paris and Ty Segall in Brussels. Thanks to my friendly connections I was able to get into these without issue. FTM played to a sold out crowd at Le Zenith, a large theater with both a pit and grandstand seating. With a stained glass backdrop and a chorus of singers behind Florence, the stage resembled a pseudo church.  Florence has a pitch perfect voice that boomed across the auditorium mixing with harps, vocals, strings and drums. It wasn't only her voice that gains your attention, it's her pure energy and theatrics onstage. She gracefully pirouettes her way across stage, from one side to the other, imploring the audience for a response. She really didn't need to plead with the crowd because as soon her silhouette appeared behind the glass, they were sucked in for the night

Throughout her set she told the crowd of her wild jaunts in Paris and how she really loved the city. She finished with a 10 minute impromptu song of 'Dog Days Are Over'. The crowd was bouncing while singing every word.

Another sold out show, this time in Brussels watching the spryly Ty Segall. The venue this time was in an old theater reminiscent of the Rex called Atelier 210. With a few rows of seats in the back, the front was wall to wall people in an open pit. While the previous opener (Florence) was hardly memorable, White Fence did make their mark.I missed part of their set, but from what I saw, they were impressive and the crowd was eating it up.

Ty Segall with his backing band hit the stage and began playing a thunderous of garage rock. They brought energy and stamina to an audience that was craving a good time. I left the atmosphere of the 90's quite a while ago, but Brussels is still keeping the tradition going. Stage diving, moshing and an overall feeling of sweat and heat. Not sure if I miss those nights, but it was a good bit of nostalgia. I had to bail out a bit early to catch the last train, but from what I saw they were going to keep the crowd going all night.