Monday, August 13, 2012

Austra & Divine Fits Twilight Concert Series Review

I'm going to start off and say if there was any one "Twilight" show to attend, this was it. Salt Lake City proved to have a lot of "fair weather" fans with the cancellation of Passion Pit, who I am fairly certain will reschedule asap (so calm yourself). The crowd wasn't small by any means, however lower in attendance than previous shows, proving to be the perfect size (similar to Thurston Moore last year). With those in attendance smiling and dancing throughout the evening, it appeared everyone was having more fun than I've seen at any other Twilight performance this year.

Canadian Synth Pop Austra, played Salt Lake City on Thursday as the sixth installment of the 2012 Twilight Concert Series. The band consists of Katie Stelmanis (vocals/keys), Maya Postepski (drums), and Dorian Wolf (bass) with two additional touring backup signers present on stage. Most of the set consisted of songs from Austra's 2011 debut LP Feel It Break. Stelmanis has often been praised for her "operatic" voice, which was obvious live. Their music is quite dark, but gorgeous at the same time (imagine that). They played pop driven songs such as  "Lose It" and darker tracks like "Beat and Pulse." It was hard to ignore the hippy like dance moves coming from the backup singers, but the whole performance seemed to work. Austra truly has a unique sound, incorporating traditional vocals, yet making the music fun and easy to dance to. I enjoyed the set and couldn't help but think of how perfect of openers they would have been for Passion Pit, as well as Devine Fits.

Divine Fits, a group comprised of Britt Daniel (Spoon), Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs) and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks) with Alex Fischel helping out on keys, took the stage shortly after Austra. Both bands started late, but I'm assuming it's due to the fact that Divine Fits only have one album out. In fact, A Think Called Divine Fits (Aug 28th) is so new that it hasn't been released yet. The band also thanked everyone for coming, confirming that this was their sixth show ever. More or less it was a real treat to see what all the hype was about surrounding the newly formed "supergroup." They didn't disappoint, immediately diving into their set playing most of their debut album if not all of it (assumption). Dan Boeckner sung the electro sounding "My Love is Real," which actually slightly reminds you of wolf parade. They also played "Would That Not be Nice," sung by Brit Daniel, which brings me to my next point. With the two singers often trading instruments and singing on different tracks, it's kind of like watching Wolf Parade vs Spoon (or vice versa), but it works incredibly well. You could tell a lot of crowd goers where both Wolf Parade or Spoon fans. But as mentioned before, this was by far the most fun a lot of us have had at a Twilight Concert to date, and it showed. In the end thank you Divine Fits for an amazing performance and applaud the Salt Lake City Arts Council for bringing in such a rare act on such a short notice.

I encourage you to check out both Austra and Devine Fits, they won't dissapoint. For more photos from the night visit our Facebook album.

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