It would appear Phoenix has been trying to put the french back into freedom fries. The quartet out of Versailles consisting of Thomas Mars (vocals), Deck D'Arcy (bass),Laurent Brancowitz(guitar) and Christian Mazzalai have finally taken North America by storm with the help of their fourth album release "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix". The band has been busy making appearances on late night television performing on SNL, Letterman, Kimmel and having their songs appear on television shows and commercials.
The band concentrated on songs from "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix" playing "Lasso", "Girlfriend" and "Fences". From atop a monitor near the end of the set Mars encouraged the crowd to begin clapping along to Rome which he dedicated to a close friend.
The encore began with a very slow version of "Everything is Everything" mellowing the crowd before bringing back the energy with "If I Ever Feel Better". Phoenix then proceeded blow the roof off the Sound Academy playing "1901" during which Mars made his way through the crowd on foot then crowd surfing his way back onto the stage before inviting fans to fill the stage to finish off the night.
Opening the night were Toronto's own Holy Fuck. Holy Fuck is just fun to watch. The band made up of Brian Borcherdt keyboards, Graham Walsh keyboards, Matt McQuaid bass and Matt Schulz on drums set up in tight formation with the keys facing each other and drums and base in the middle. They play experimental electronic rock using low tech instruments/devices to produce sounds and effects. Their latest release "LP" made it to the top ten for last years Polaris Prize and earned a Juno nomination for Alternative Album of the year. Again lots of fun. They had the Phoenix fans moving.