Saturday Night: Plants and Animals at Fitzgerald's

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Photo by Alexa Crenshaw
Plants and Animals
Plants and Animals, Vestibule
Fitzgerald's
May 27, 2012

"It takes a good friend to say you've got your head up your ass," sang Plants and Animals lead vocalist Warren Spicer Saturday. It does. These Montreal musicians played their hearts out to a small but mighty crowd at Fitzgerald's.

Truthfully, I was preparing myself to write a snobby-sounding review of this nice band. I initially judged them as mediocre songwriters with a "ripoff/copout" style, borrowing from artists ranging from the Velvet Underground to U2 all in, say, one album -- their most recent album, this year's The End of That.

Basically, in my head, I was accusing Plants and Animals of trying too hard to be cool. But really, "ripoff/copout" is not the best description; musicians are free to have their own influences. Not only does that not make much sense, but who sounds like they're trying to sound cool now?

The secret is out. Your humble reviewer is actually a part-time, highly judgmental hipster. Just kidding, kind of.

How does this all relate? I brought a good friend with me to watch the show, and she was clearly enjoying herself. I was enjoying myself, too. Okay, so my friend didn't tell me that I had my head up my ass, but I feel that in my initial opinion, I kind of did.

Again, Plants and Animals played with much heart, and were good showmen, and they sounded great live. How about that?

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Vestibule, way back there
Though with openers Vestibule, my snobbery remains. Granted, they played with heart, too, and were great if you think the world needs a nu-metal revival. Holy moly moly moly -- I always thought those were the correct Limp Bizkit lyrics, too.

So Plants and Animals were quite different from their opening band. As opposed to their usual three-piece lineup, they brought an extra guitarist clad in a Hawaiian shirt.

The crowd was small, but filled with seemingly big fans. A row of teens clutched their newly purchased Plants and Animals records while already knowing most of the words to almost every song the band sang. In fact, the band had most of the crowd singing along towards the last three songs.

Midway through the set, guitarist Nicolas Basque declared, "Any of y'all heard about the insanity workout program? That's right, I said y'all." First off, that was a charming usage of Texas lingo. Second, Fitzgerald's was insanely hot, so they also cracked a charming joke.

They followed with "Lola Who?" actually my favorite song of theirs. It sounded most effortless, natural and original, which in my opinion is what they were in fact trying to go for.


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Alexa Crenshaw
Alexa Crenshaw

Vestibule just wasn't to my taste.  Can I get a rim shot for my nu-metal comment from someone out there? 

Vestibule
Vestibule

lolol...funniest replies ever..geesh ...guess nu-metal hit some nerves in some...found this tonight searching our name...good article...i agree we are not to everyone's taste but we also play around with like a million different genres...we just gotta work harder to win you over :) ..good article over all..."rim shot"!  

Thiswillallend6274
Thiswillallend6274

Thanks for covering what I'm sure was a nice show but I have a huge problem with this Vestibule band  being called nu-metal.  I came across this site looking for nu-metal bands in Houston.  I checked Vestibule out after reading this and to call them nu-metal seems to betray a total lack of genre knowledge.  First of all I only listen to metal and Vestibule is so far away from metal it's not even funny.  I don't know what to call it but they don't even use a guitar or bass for goodness sakes.  It's all keyboard/Synth but without even loops or a computer.  Very odd.  The melodies aren't even metal...they sound more like angst pop or something.  Anyways i wasted 10 minutes of my life looking for good nu-metal in houston and found only false hope. 

Timeslikethese1976
Timeslikethese1976

Plants and Animals were great.  I didn't even plan to go to the show that night, but I got dragged along by my significant other.  P&A had quite the dedicated fan following.  I had never heard of either band, but I really did like both bands.  Personally, I like a dash of guitar in my music, but the first band lacked the guitar and I almost didn't give them a chance.  That little guy playing the keyboards though was insane with how much he could fill the space with just keyboards.  I was impressed.  The painting suits with duct tape, apparently to make them look like the stick figures from their video that they mentioned during the show, was kind of funny.  The video I saw online, although creative, was disturbing in its message.  I don't really see how Vestibule compares to NuMetal, especially Limp Bizkit.  Lacking heavy guitar, turntables, and a riot inciting rapper, Vestibule doesn't sound like LB, as you mentioned in your blog. I like NuMetal a little more than Vestibule, but that may be the metal side of me coming out.

John Seaborn Gray
John Seaborn Gray

Saw Plants & Animals open for Frightened Rabbit and liked them a lot. Found that their albums didn't fully capture how good they really are. Maybe their next one will.

Alexa Crenshaw
Alexa Crenshaw

Agreed. "Found that their albums didn't fully capture how good they really are. Maybe their next one will." That's all I needed to say in this review on Plants and Animals. Haha.  

Itchin24formore
Itchin24formore

Plants and Animals were terrific at that show...it was a shame more people didn't see it.... the first band was really good i thought too....the article seemed to compare them with limp bizkit which is kindof a weird thing to say...they sounded nothing like that..but other than that great article

Bobjohnson555
Bobjohnson555

That was a really good show but you seem way off with your short description of vestibule. Sure they were different stylistically but "nu-metal"? They didn't even have guitar. I think it was just the one guy on keyboards. I haven't seen a band that original in a long time with such a powerful sound and presence. Tbh I was blown away and don't even like aggressive songs. The cd they gave out was crazy good too...just my opinion as an open minded music lover

Thiswillallend6274
Thiswillallend6274

that's weird i just posted a reply to the same subject!  why did they call this band Vestibule Nu-metal....if you can't get a genre right just don't classify at all geesh  anyways  i agree with you Bob that this band Vestibule is not nu-metal at all.  Although I love Nu-metal, to call every yahoo who uses double bass nu-metal is kindof ignorant of the genre.  long live nu-metal!

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