For those who missed out on the Osheaga festival, or for those fans who just couldn’t get enough out of a short set, The Strumbellas played a late after show at the Corona Theatre last night (or rather, early this morning). The show kicked off at 11:30 PM with Montreal native, Charlotte Cardin, who also performed at Osheaga this weekend. Luring us in with her raspy voice, Charlotte managed to keep the crowd on their feet while waiting for The Strumbellas.
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At 12:30 AM, all six members of The Strumbellas came on stage, beginning their set slowly with “The Hired Band” from their new record, Hope. After a mellow start, the band launched right into “Home Sweet Home,” a more upbeat track that set the tone for the rest of the night. We were treated to several new songs including “Dog,” “Wars,” “Young & Wild,” and one of my personal favorites, “We Don’t Know.” While songs from their first record seemed to be lacking, we got to hear several off 2013’s We Still Move On Dance Floors, including “The Long Road” and an unplugged, microphone-less version of “The Fire.”
One of the greatest performances of the night was “In This Life,” a hopeful track about how we all have our own place in the world. The song started off soft and slow, leading to a gorgeous violin solo by Isabel Ritchie. The beautiful performance built up to a crescendo when Jeremy Drury joined in on drums, followed by the rest of the band. However, the crowd only reached its maximum volume after front man Simon Ward introduced a “new song” they were trying out for the first time, before launching into massive summer hit, “Spirits.” To finish off their set, The Strumbellas ended with “Wild Sun,” the final song off Hope.
After a few moments, the band returned to the stage with “David,” unleashing massive cheers. After asking for requests, The Strumbellas graciously (yet hesitantly) responded to the overwhelming demand for “Sharks,” a goofy song they performed in Gisele’s Big Backyard. The night ended on a high note with “Shovels & Dirt,” one of the most passionate performances of the set. It was invigorating to be part of such an enthusiastic crowd at such a late show, particularly on a Sunday night! After a full weekend of festival performances (including a stop at Lollapalooza in Chicago), The Strumbellas kept the energy level high throughout their set, even while repeatedly joking that we should all to “go to sleep!” And despite the early wake up many of us were set to face this morning, while stumbling out of the venue at 1:45 AM, I doubt there was a single regret in the room.
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