Last Night: Broken Social Scene At Warehouse Live
Broken Social Scene's music is both simple and catchy and speckled with intricacies. It manages to be indie enough for even the hippest of hipsters to enjoy - at least we assume so; we haven't checked Pitchfork - and melodic enough for virgin listeners. If you've heard at least a handful of songs off any of their albums, you may very well be a fan; if you've seen them live, however, there's no question about it. You're a fan.
During their live performance, it's almost impossible not to get swept up in the energy the group gathers together amongst its members and shares with the audience. It was as if we went to our best friend's house, where he and a dozen or so other talented musicians had a two-hour jam session.
From saxophone solos set the beat of shakers to keyboard effects that sounded like birds chirping along with the bass alongside the beat of synthetic drums, Broken Social Scene may very well have played two or three rock concerts back to back, each aimed at a slightly different group of fans. By the end, they had played something for everyone.
Low bass riffs coupled with high-end, slow guitar and a lot of delay on lead vocalist Kevin Drew's tone made up much of the show, as his smooth voice developed from mid-range and clean into something of a high pitched growl nearer the higher notes.
At one point, Drew politely asked the crowd to quiet down for a song featuring a female vocalist with little more than a whisper of a voice. The song was quiet, simple and beautiful... and we only wish we could have heard it more clearly.
The song in question, "Anthems for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl," built slowly and steadily; it didn't reach its crescendo until nearly three minutes in. But we couldn't hear it over plenty of overly talkative fans, many of whom didn't seem interested in the music at all.
What could have been one of the best songs of the night was lost in a sea of Houstonians' voices, and no matter how much we moved around in an attempt to find a quieter area, we didn't find one. Someone even booed during the performance.
Is this what happens when tickets are only $20? No wonder they're usually so expensive.