She and Him in Toronto – A Review

June 10, 2010 at 10:02 pm (Uncategorized)

Nobody likes to start with a complaint, but here goes. For the past few years, it seems to be pretty standard business for bands to allow cameras at shows without any problems. I usually like to take a few shots and then post them on the blog here. Imagine my surprise when I turned at the Sound Academy yesterday for the She & Him show and was told “NO CAMERAS.” I noticed people were surrendering their cameras and being given tags to claim at the end (another half hour of waiting no doubt). Some who tried to sneak them in, had them removed at the frisking stage. Faced with this prospect, I walked back to the car and left the camera in the trunk. As we waited in line, we overheard one of the security people explaining, “It’s not us. It’s the band. It’s She. It’s the fucking movie star. ” Uh huh. (Deschanel also complained during the concert about people taking pictures with cellphones – presumable, the Sound Academy realized the nightmarish logistics of trying to confiscate phones from the 2,000 or so customers)

Opening band the Chapin Sisters went on-stage at about 9:10, and played a thirty minute set. They start as an acapella duo, then became a folkies, and finally a full-fledged band, including Zooey Deschanel on one song. Pleasant enough, but not particularly engaging.

She & Him came out at 10:20, and played a 70 minute selection of songs from their two records as well as a number of covers. I love their sound. Zooey Deschanel has a captivating voice. M Ward plays great Duane Eddyesque guitar. The songs have that classic 50s/60s pop sound complete with slightly cheesy lyrics. How can you not love it? 

Well, for the first half of the set it was easy not to. Not that the show was bad, it just sounded too much like the record. Fine, but when I go to a concert I expect it to sound different from the record. If it sounds the same, why bother? Stick with the record. Maybe it was the venue. This show was originally schedule for the Phoenix, but when it sold out, the show was moved to the Sound Academy. Sometimes bigger is not better. Then with Magic Trick, the band woke up and the show truly did become great. The audience saw it too. They moved and responded more, and we howled for more when the show ended. A short break, and two somewhat odd covers and it was all over.

So, a good show, albeit an uneven one. Now if you could just tell me why you didn’t want us to take pictures…

Set (from Setlist – I can never remember the name of their songs)

  • Black Hole 
  • Thieves 
  • Over It Over again 
  • Me and You
  • Lingering Still
  • Take It Back
  • Home
  • Sentimental Heart
  • Change Is Hard
  • I Thought I Saw Your Face Today
  • Brand New Shoes
  • You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio (Joni Mitchell)
  • You Really Got a Hold On Me (Smokey Robinson)
  • Magic Trick
  • Gonna Get Along Without You Now (Skeeter Davis)
  • In the Sun
  • Don’t Look Back
  • This Is Not A Test
  • Riding In My Car
  • Made For You
  • Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?
  • Sweet Darlin’
  • Encore:

  • Fools Rush In (Ricky Nelson)
  • Roll Over Beethoven
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    2 Comments

    1. Ricky said,

      yeah they were pretty anti camera at sxsw too.

      • fischerzed said,

        I don’t really want to go on too much about this, but the policy seems pretty churlish. After all people paid a chunk of change to see them, and the merch table was doing a pretty brisk business in t-shirts, CDs and vinyl (which means people were giving them their money rather than just downloading), so why begrudge people a few pictures?

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