Last night at L’Astral, I had the pleasure of seeing Australian indie rockers, Atlas Genius, for the band’s first stop in our city since their appearance at Osheaga in 2013. Opening up the show was indie pop band, Secret Weapons, who were celebrating their last night as part of the tour. I was disappointed by the short length of their set, as I wanted to hear more of their upbeat, feel good sound. Their single, “Something New,” was particularly infectious, setting a positive tone for the rest of the night. Next up was singer/songwriter Skylar Grey. Performing with a full band, her set had a lot of really neat synths and experimental sounds, including some rapping, which kept things interesting. I enjoyed when she slowed it down for an acoustic performance of “Moving Mountains,” a song about taking a break and letting yourself be taken in by the little things in life.
Atlas Genius took the stage around 10 PM, beginning their set with “Stockholm” from their new album, Inanimate Objects. The band jumped right into “The City We Grow,” and after a brief (and humorously handled) technical issue, continued with “If So” from their debut record, When It Was Now. In between jokes from front man Keith Jeffery, Atlas Genius treated us to a variety of songs from their two records, including “Symptoms,” “A Perfect End,” “Where I Belong,” and a ridiculously fun cover of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.” With an excellent lighting system that helped create the lively atmosphere, the band played their hour-long set with bursts of energy, keeping the crowd moving all night.
The highlight of the show came at the end of the night, encompassing the last three songs of the set. First was an older track called “Centred On You,” which the band expertly fused into an excellent medley with a cover of Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” Next came “The Stone Mill,” the opening track to the new record and my personal favorite performance of the night. The band started off soft and slow, building up to an intense crescendo before leading immediately into “Molecules,” the lead single off Inanimate Objects and one of the biggest crowd pleasers. After a quick break, Atlas Genius treated us to two last songs for their encore. They came back onstage with a final cover of “The Hills” by The Weeknd, before ending with the first song the band ever released, “Trojans.” After a perfect, circular end to a fun and upbeat night, Atlas Genius left the stage, hopefully with plans to come back in less than three years!
Listen to “Molecules” by Atlas Genius below:
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