Exchanges like these were commonplace by the end of the night, partly due to the Canadian couple’s delightful charm; but probably more so from the embarrassingly sparse turnout. And it’s not everyday such a marquee act comes through the neighborhood (although Friday’s Crystal Castles show may have drained most of our area’s energy for the weekend). But hey, a relaxed, front and center situation with one of your favorite musicians is never a thing to complain about (Dan is also a member of Wolf Parade). Also no complaints about being five feet from his wife and band mate, Alexei Perry. Having filled the Troubadour the night before, and San Diego the night before that, it seemed those Handsome Furs might have preferred this Sunday pace as well.
Dan’s next quip was more a story about them trying to find the beach earlier that day. They got lost in an industrial park, never finding the water. The tale ended with them fleeing from a gas station where a stranger’s car was on fire. All this sounded quite endearing coming from Montreal natives.
Refer to past entries for love regarding their debut, Plague Park. I want to talk about a different love here; the love these two are in. You could tell. It seeped from every movement on stage. I’m fairly used to being an envious spectator, but never for this particular reason. There stood two people, attached at the brain, creating grand music together, for a living. That music, by the way, rivaled any studio versions. My concerns over how they would perform the drum machine rock live was put to rest during "Dumb Animals". I still don’t understand how the sum of their parts can be so full.
A few new songs surfaced in the set. Their fast tempo stood out. Looks like the rumored release later this year might show a lighter side of the fur. (While we’re at it, Wolf Parade’s long awaited follow-up hits in a few months, with one song already floating around.)
Truly humble, Dan and Alexia endlessly thanked us. They even appeared surprised to hear applause for them to return for an encore. They obviously came back. Tossing his half-done cigarette in cocktail by his feet, he said, “Okay, We KNOW two more songs.”
Here’s a video from the show; dark, but the audio never disappoints. The song is “Handsome Furs Hate This City.” Hang in till the end and you’ll be hit with a riff that pays off.
Some guys that really know how to use a camera shot the band for these take away shows.