The Half Moon Run impressed its fans in Montreal this year. It has been almost six months since the release of his last album, salt. On Wednesday evening, the trio finally returned home.
This was the first of two consecutive sold-out concerts at MTelus. When artists sell here, you can feel it. Even before the group arrives, it’s difficult to get moving, and the discomfort of 2,000 people waiting for Devon, Dylan, and Conner to arrive creates palpable tension. Then at 9pm the lights hit and dwindle. The immediate crowd screams are unmistakable: as always, the Half Moon Run will receive a triumphant welcome at home.
The show champions the trio’s new opus, an album whose melodies and lyrics seduce us, without too many musical explosions or grandiose tricks. The concert remains the same: we are delighted by the excellence of the musicians, who give new life to their pieces on stage, and everything is performed with a certain sobriety. The setting itself remains simple, with some props in the background, and nothing more. Great lighting does a lot to give the performance a complete visual impact.
As for the music, it is beautiful. Half Moon Run is one of those bands whose effort (and talent, of course) you can feel when they’re on stage. We can imagine the work they put into developing the show, and in practicing these songs that they always give us so flawlessly. This palpable rigor does not rob them of their communicative and exciting energy, which sometimes makes itself felt more than in other, more contained moments. To accompany them, the Esca Quartet often joins the three musicians on stage, offering their always welcome contribution to the interpretation of the pieces taken mainly from the album salt.
The hour and a half concert allows us to play the entirety of this recording released almost last June, but also to sprinkle the moment with some favorite tracks from the group’s previous three albums.
You can leave The service starts. Hotel in Memphis Then follow Everyone is moving east continuous. When it came time to thank the audience for their attendance, the crowd’s loud cheers brought a satisfied laugh from Commander Devon. It must be exhilarating to feel such affection from fans who never seem to lack enthusiasm. Half Moon Run has the advantage of being generous with its audience in return.
The show goes on and the group showcases what they have managed to create with their own songs, making it even more complex and surprising. The instrumental introduction continues, changing the tone of the verse, and silence is maintained so that the following notes resonate more strongly. Devon’s voice, sometimes adventurous, creates magical moments. Dylan, a multi-instrumentalist, but primarily a drummer, plays in a one-man band and brings several layers of musical textures on his own. Conner, in addition to carrying the melody and transporting the audience with his harmonica or keyboard solos, exudes infectious energy.
A razor blade, which gives way to a soaring performance, followed by applause from the delighted audience. A little later, a long guitar intro opens the door to the folk tune Call me in the afternoon. The general excitement increased tenfold. Grow in love, Satan may take notice, Hi Callie lead to I can’t figure out what’s going onresulting in a fantastic even transition She wants to knowwhich is then mixed with it You can leave. The group still has fun reshaping their songs, taking us somewhere else with these tracks that many in the room know by heart. And his fans seem to like it a lot.
So much so that after just over an hour, a stunning encore brought the trio quickly back onto the stage need it, Favorite boy And Full circle. The second encore allows them to return with the Esca Quartet for one very final song, Give upwhich concludes the evening with a final, intoxicating explosion.
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