Saw them play at the seemingly regular haunt of Metropolis. Still think it’s the best venue I’ve ever been to. Perfect size, great sound, beautiful old building, always great Montreal energy. Even moreso for hometowners Stars, with Gentleman Reg opening. Gentleman had a full band this time around, was a step up from his solo acoustic performances I’ve seen for sure, but more I-IV-V rock than I wanted.
Stars have significantly improved since I’ve seen them at Waterloo’s Starlight a few years ago. Plus they are much more of a big venue kind of band rather than a second floor, 9ft ceiling 250 cap club band. Performances were nearly flawless, passion from Torq as per usual, and the everyindieman’s fawning crush, Amy Millan. I’ve had my very own Amy Millan fantasy that consists of old hardwood, middle eastern rugs, a low fire, orange Fanta, whiskey, old Martin guitars, and us dueting the Beatles.
Highlights included Ageless Beauty, Look Up, Elevator Love Letter, and the spirit of the Montreal fans. One interesting thing I noticed at this show was how many couples in attendance. This band is like the Harry Met Sally of indie rock, and I ate it up with a coffee spoon. Lather on the camembert.