by Tiana Feng
I had originally planned to see Rah Rah at Lee’s Palace but it had hit capacity before I got there so instead I headed to The Great Hall. I stayed there to catch PS I Love You, Wildlife and The Darcys.
When I walked in, PS I Love You was in the middle of their set. Unlike last CMW, Paul Saulnier sported a single guitar (not the awkward double). This was also a much improved performance from when I saw them last. There was much more energy this time with Saulnier howling words from behind a mop of hair. Tunes included oldies like “2012” and a new track that they premiered.
PS I Love You- Princess Towers
Wildlife followed with the majority of their set being dedicated to the new album …On The Heart. I had mixed feelings about the album but I knew it would work well in a live setting and I was right. Sporting the same black button shirt and pants the band was energy driven by floor toms, buoyant guitar playing which along with easy to grasp melodic hooks took hold of the full audience in The Great Hall. When the band played older tune “Killing For Fun” crowd members knew exactly where to join in with “Ohhhs” without the band starting it. It wasn’t surprising that they were asked to encore, which of course didn’t happen because they weren’t the last band on.
The secret guests at the great hall were unsurprisingly The Darcys. They were kind of the secret guest everywhere for the week. To be honest, I was never really sold on the whole Steely Dan AJA cover stuff, but I do enjoy their original material. Singer Jason Couse exercised his vocal versatility on two new songs that haven’t been released yet. The new material proved different from their previous released self-titled which makes me excited for what’s yet to come.