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Better Late Than Never: Yeasayer at The Danforth Music Hall

Yeasayer at Danforth Music Hall
Yeasayer
The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, ON
November 9, 2012

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

A couple of Fridays ago, Yeasayer found their way to the east end and unloaded a truck teeming with shiny blocks and about a million LED lights to put off an irrefutably amazing stage show for some of the band's biggest fans.

Nobody can accuse the band of being punctual, though, as the brooklyn-based act was first expected to come north quite a few months earlier. But, after frustrating postponements, they finally made their appearance at The Danforth Music Hall this month with the kind of emotion in their apologies that left no room for any doubt. Justification for the delays came in explanations of wanting to get the stage show locked down tight, and with the kind of show they ended up putting forward, I doubt there was anyone in that audience unconvinced that it was worth the wait.

In fact, that audience was easily one of the most excited and engaged crowds I've seen in Toronto in, well, forever (at least from the tight spot where I was standing). Songs like “2080” and “Madder Red” had them cheering until throats were probably raw, and the closing “Ambling Alp” had them dancing in a bigger frenzy than the few songs before, which in turn had them dancing even harder than the few before that – a sort of explosive exponential excitement that was a show in itself.

The gentlemen of Yeasayer were well aware of how much they were loved, too, with Chris Keating repeatedly (and seemingly genuinely) raving about how Toronto has the best audiences - a fact that's hard to swallow for someone who hasn't seen the act's Toronto visits but has seen their fair share of shows in the city).

Of course, Yeasayer gives their audiences every reason to go wild, and this night was no different. The act's set paid kindness to their whole catalogue, and their live renditions did full justice to the tunes making up the list. “Wait For The Summer” and “Henrietta” were performed nearly flawlessly, and any tiny hiccups were well hidden beneath the other-worldly light show and dazzling wall of cubes that are better shown in the photos below than through the thousand adjectives that would need to be crammed into this review.

But visuals aside, while the beaming stage gave weight to the act's time on stage, it was the strength of their performance that really sold the show. With their instrumental and vocal talents beaming stronger than the hundreds of lights, and the heights of their energy and enthusiasm being completely undeniable, Yeasayer's visit to The Danforth Music Hall earned them a slot as one of the best live acts to pass through the city in 2012.

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