Tegan and Sara 09/24/10
I made a trip to Vancouver especially to see them play, and it was soooooo worth it.
I got there at 11:30 in the morning and my aunt and I stood in the queue at 2:30. Doors were at 5:30. There was already a fairly long line of people by the time we got there. It was overcast and supposed to hardcore rain all day. It wasn't raining though. While we waited in line, we got to talking with some of the other people. There was two people from Alberta, one named Amanda who was possibly the youngest 31-year-old I've ever met, and another whose name I didn't catch who was ridiculously quiet. There were also a couple of other girls who seemed around my age, one that was ridiculously outgoing and the other also fairly quiet. Those two had won a meet and greet through the radio.
Nothing exponentially exciting happened in line, we mostly shot the shit and wished time would go faster. Doors finally opened and we rushed through the muddy grass to the front. Got second row right behind these two very adorable and happy girls. I conversed with one about the sharpness of our elbows and the other gave me a rain jacket (which is very handy because I don't own a single one and I'll need one to live in BC). The first act, Christopher Smith, came on stage, but his music was disappointing. Not for lack of talent, which he clearly has, but because it was the mellowest music on earth, which is definitely not great to pump people up for a T+S concert in the gloomiest weather and grossest ground ever. I could see him opening for like one of Raine Maida's solo shows or something.
Half an hour after that, You Say Party came on the stage. Now, this is a band I've mentioned here before (though they dropped the "You Say Die" from their name since then) and I was familiar with their music. I've never seen a picture or video of them, so when they walked out, it wasn't really what I expected. The singer was dressed SO 80s it was almost painful. Her hair was permed and she was wearing a floral blouse over a short black dress with black leggings and ballerina shoes, and like five pounds worth of gold necklaces around her neck. They started off with There is XXXX (Within My Heart) which surprised me since I thought it would have been a closer. Anyway, it was the BEST thing ever. They were going nuts! The keyboardist was doing some crazy dancing and the guitarist was jumping around. The singer kept on coming up to the front of the stage (which was wet from a bit of rain earlier) and doing some crazy eighties dancing. She actually slipped once, which was adorable, and one of her necklaces went flying off into the drumset while she was spinning around. Suffice to say it was the best opening act I've ever seen and if you ever get a chance to see them live, DO IT because you will not regret it.
SO more waiting and then FINALLY Tegan and Sara emerged. The setlist was as follows:
Call It Off
Dark Come Soon
I Know I Know I Know
Like O, Like H
Feel it in my Bones
I Bet it Stung
Walking With a Ghost
Back in your Head
Where Does The Good Go?
Hop a Plane
You Wouldn't Like Me
So the first five songs were all acoustic, just Tegan and Sara, which was cool. I was surprised they started with Call it Off though, but I guess that makes sense. Like O, Like H sounded SO different. It was like...really creepy. I don't even know how to explain it. At the beginning of the set, probably right before I Know I Know I Know, Tegan was making fun of Sara (and Ted) by talking about how, during the Honda Civic Tour with Paramore, they turned into a bit more of a "rock" band and she turn around to see Sara or Ted jumping around and feel left out because she'd be singing so she couldn't do that. So before Feel it in My Bones, Sara was saying she felt self-conscious because Tegan had made a comment about her dancing and it was a song that would make her want to dance.
Living Room, of course, was amazing. At that point I started to wonder wtf they'd do for the encore, since Living Room is ETERNALLY an encore song. The Con was really good. I tried to record it, but towards the end some cow of a girl shoved her way through the entire crowd and the ending of the song didn't turn out. Laaaame. Before So Jealous, Tegan said she wanted to dedicate the song to all the single people, and then went on to say that Sara was single. That launched Sara into a tangent about being happily single. How she's like a South American turtle that you think you know how to care for it but really you don't and she dies inside if people think they know better for her. It was so funny. Youtube that shit because it's awesome.
Before Hell, Tegan said she was sorry about the rain and that despite living in Vancouver for ten years, she thought thought they were special and it might not rain, lol. She asked if it was raining, to which there was a resounding no and she said something about them being like gods. Sara had the lights turned on the audience so she could see us and told everyone to jump with her during the song. Then she proceeded to jump madly throughout the whole thing, it was adorable. For Northshore, she had the lights turned off and said that it was so that the shy people in hoodies who were self-conscious and didn't jump during Hell would be able to loosen up and jump around during Northshore. And then she jumped around like crazy some more.
Prior to Alligator, Tegan said that we had to pay attention for a dance move they had come to call the "Canadian Shuffle" during the song, and then Sara launched off on a tangent about her haircut and how on the Honda Civic Tour she thought she was being mistaken for Justin Bieber so she'd like purposely push aside her jacket so they could she her breasts. Hahahaha. It was so funny. I think it was during that that she told Tegan off for strumming her guitar and making the speakers crackle while she was talking. They were just really cute. Tegan, at some point, said to Sara, when Sara said that she shouldn't complaining about all the talking Sara was doing after having complained that she was being too quiet, " I love you so so much and I look over there every night and think I'm so lucky to have you on stage with me, but let's just get to the song." (Or something to that extent...) It was so cute. Tegan also dedicated You Wouldn't Like Me to her family and friends in the audience, who didn't cheer, so she called them assholes.
Anyway, they came out for the encore and admitted that they hadn't planned one at all because they thought it would be raining and everyone would want to go home, so they were gonna wing it.They started playing Divided and Tegan fucked up at the, "At ease, I feel fine" part and couldn't get the right note. She stopped and re-tryed like three times, it was hilarious.
And then it was over. I went I bought a hoodie and t-shirt and left with great memories. I took a few pictures, but they didn't turn out SUPER great. I'll put them up sometime really soon.
Surprises: They didn't play My Number. I wholly expected them to play it and was incredibly surprised that they didn't. Also, they didn't paly a whole bunch from Sainthood, which I'd also expected.
One disappointment: They didn't play Monday Monday Monday, or really anything other than Living Room from If It Was You. I'd hoped at least for that or Not Tonight.
Tags: band:christopher smith, band:tegan and sara, band:yspwsd, review:concert
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