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Plants and Animals at The Opera House

Plants and Animals at The Opera House
Plants and Animals
Dinosaur Bones
The Opera House in Toronto, Ontario
June 24, 2010

Photos and Review by: Courtney Lee Yip

After the whirlwind of NXNE, I promised myself that I wouldn't venture out to another show for at least a week, but when Live Nation announced Dinosaur Bones would be opening for Plants and Animals at The Opera House, I couldn't pedal fast enough to the east-end venue.

Plants and Animals

Although there are only three members to Plants and Animals, you don't realize it when they're playing live. Warren, Nic and Matthew utilized every space on stage and brought out fun guests like Basia Bulat and a saxophone player that could only be described as a neon version of the karate kid. When a band is as equally exciting on stage as they are polished on vinyl, it really makes you appreciate every angle of their efforts.

At one point guitarists-vocalists Warren Spicer and Nic Basque played from across each end of the stage to each other while drummer-vocalist Matthew Woodley held down the cool in the centre. I don't think I've seen a drummer so laid back before but his dynamic execution on percussion and constant smiles warranted his beatnik behaviour.

Epic instrumentals were punctuated with harmonies; dirty guitar riffs bonded with honest folk rock. One song was an anthem, the next an eerily beautiful ballad. Each tune so different and yet by the end of the night you realized that the only way to describe their sound was simply their own.

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Dinosaur Bones

Dinosaur Bones always delivers a high energy set, almost flawless in its presence, and Thursday was no exception. Ben Fox's vocals carried clear, even though the crowd was sparse and the Opera House engulfed the quintet with empty space. Perhaps a disappointing turnout to some, but to this fan, a preview of their future success.

I'm used to seeing these fun bunch of guys tear apart loft parties and popping-up on stage for last minute shows with other local talent like The Darcys, so although I know they're bound for something big, I just hope they don't abandon us for amphitheatres quite yet!

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