27 Oct

Caribou Live at The Clubhouse October 9th, 2010
by Sara Dalton
photo by Tyler Nevitt
The concert was scheduled to commence at 8:00pm on October 9th, but in true live-performance fashion, the show began at 9:45pm with Emerald. The set-up was sluggish and the band was the opposite of fascinating from the start. The group was a collection of three young guys (who did not even introduce themselves), and the only possible good quality about them was their guitar player.

The songs were monotonous, supplying the crowd with a cyclic serenade which could also be known as a headache. The least to say is that the concert started out almost two hours behind schedule with a particularly poor opening act.

The audience portrayed loyalty though, sticking through the struggling opening band to see the main men perform. And dedicated as they were, Caribou took stage with gracious smiles as a, “ thank you for waiting” commemoration. Dressed in all white and accompanied by their psychedelic background stood Dan Snaith, Ryan Smith, Brad Weber, and John Schmersal. Snaith settled with his drum set and his keyboard at the front of the stage while the other members became acclimated with their instruments as well.
The band based out of Ontario began their musical presentation with song “ Kaili.” Snaith’ s voice was profound in this first piece, and it essentially set the tone for the entire presentation. It was a melodic masterpiece compared to the opening band as Snaith crooned to the listeners, “ She has kept a lookout over what is left of their love.” The interaction with the crowd from there on out
was minimal, yet the music was anything but. Throughout the set, the band performed songs from a few previous albums, but a large portion of the tunes played were from the 2010 album Swim.

Snaith shared the duty of vocals with guitarist John Schmersal, as he sang on multiple tunes while strumming along. The majority of the audience seemed to be nothing but steadfast devotees as a group of them started a dance circle in the middle of The Clubhouse. While Snaith focused on switching between his instruments, he acknowledged the crowd with incessant grins.

The group did not do a lot of dancing, but their main source of on-stage presence was their visual background show and drummer Brad Weber. Although the unorthodox visuals made for a stimulating vision, Weber made the show interesting with his determination to point his drum stick to the ceiling every chance he had. Combining the two strange, yet very entrancing illustrations with the musical talents of the four men that make up Caribou and the audience received a show that could’ ve made an epileptic experience the most outrageous act of seizure— which is a good thing in this case.

The show launched at a turtle’ s pace with an opening band whose sound was as good as nails on a chalkboard, but gradually caught up as Caribou entered the scene. Caribou is not just a culturally trendy band, but is also an exceedingly talented act better seen live. Their performance is a blow to the mind in every positive way possible as they take peculiar sounds and produce them in a way that is pleasantly perceptible to all.


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