by Tiana Feng
Adelaide Hall is becoming my new home. I returned last night for a spectacular line-up of Suuns, We Are Wolves, and Beliefs. I’ve seen all three bands this year within festival settings, but all of them were better without all the restraints.
As soon as Beliefs walked on stage (and got electrically shocked by the microphone), I knew I was in for a night of deliciously loud and noisy music. The shoegazers courted the audience with cuts from their self-titled album of this year. Jesse Crowe and Josh Krody aren’t the most showey performers but they let their hypnotizing sounds speak for themselves.
We Are Wolves took the stage in all black, with anarchist-like masks and hats. The stage was adorned with spinning Elvis heads. Strobe lights acted in sync to the bass drum. Despite all these enigmatic visual antics, it was their high-powered performance that impressed the most. Though frontman Alexander Oritz’s vocals were aggressive and he occasionally took to the floor for solos, Pierre-Luc Bégin was amazingly charismatic while drumming fast-paced rhythms and equally fun to watch. Favourites included the spirited tune “Night” from La Mort Pop Club.
Suuns got down to business in their regular fashion saying very little between songs. Ben Shemie’s face drew a vicious expression, like he was going to bite your face off, as he delivered the hush vocals of the songs. Suuns’ music is meant to be felt, reverberating bass lines, clever guitar picking and foggy shoegaze atmosphere. It got steamy on the dance floor as people started dancing (and moshing a bit). During “Arena”, the fire alarm went off at Adelaide Hall. Most of us thought it was an added live addition to the song and didn’t clear out until we were told to by the show organizers. Thankfully, all was well and the show continued after a few minutes of clearing out of the building. We were treated with an encore performance of “Arena” as Suuns continued their setlist. People danced to “2020” and felt wavered to “Edie’s Dream”. It was a concert worth staying overtime for.
Check out my Vlog of the night for some footage: