The Weakerthans

April 3, 2009 – London Music Hall, London, ON

After a three-night stand in Toronto, the Canadian all-star Rolling Tundra Revue featuring the Constantines and the Weakerthans was in full force when it hit London this past Friday. Prior to this I had never been to the London Music Hall, though I flaked out on a Hawksley Workman show there a few months ago. London’s music scene is currently in the midst of some turmoil. With the death of smaller London venues such as the Embassy, Salt Lounge and the Alex P. Keaton over the past few months, we’re left with Call the Office and several seldom-used mid-size venues. With Bloc Party drawing a rather depressing turnout when I last saw them, I wasn’t expecting the show to be as massive as it was. To my surprise, the room was packed within minutes of doors opening. In my experience, London isn’t a very concert-going city, but there appeared to be a healthy influx of people from around the area in attendance.

The Constantines – Nighttime/Anytime (It’s Alright)
The Weakerthans – Plea from a Cat Named Virtute
The Weakerthans – Aside

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When I saw the V-Fest line-up for Day 1, I was pretty pleased, these were all bands that I’ve seen before and I knew rocked. So I figured why not, it rocked the first time, why wouldn’t it rock the second? So instead of checking out more novel bands throughout the day, I stuck with the tried and true.

After waiting to get on the ferry for who knows how long, I was fortunate to get to the Virgin Mobile stage just as the Constantines were opening with Nighttime/Anytime. They played a solid, but short set. To be honest I’m not that familiar with most of the Cons’ material, but I enjoyed them headlining LOLAfest last year, and enjoyed them again this time.

After they finished up, I pushed my way up before MGMT‘s set, since I hadn’t seen them yet. I’ve heard contrasting opinions of their live show. While they weren’t particularly outstanding, there was a palpable energy that hit the crowd when the band played the three best songs from Oracular Spectacular: Time to Pretend, Electric Feel, and ending with Kids. The performance of Kids struck me as particularly odd, as it played out as bad karaoke with the duo singing while dancing around the stage, but it somehow worked. Perhaps the hokey passing of the water bottle in tune with the lyrics got me. But hey, the kids were dancing so I guess they did their job.

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