The New Pornographers @ MacEwan Hall

The New Pornographers
w/Born Ruffians
MacEwan Hall
Calgary, AB
October 2, 2017

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Born Ruffians are a band from Midland, Ontario. Their most recent album is titled Ruff. With Luke Lalonde on guitar/vocals, Mitch Derosier on bass, and Adam Hindle on drums. They played the opening slot. This band is very dynamic. With their sound jumping from rock and roll. To riff driven blues. From the first note, they drew you in, and held you there. Until the show was done. Everyone in the band was fantastic. I really enjoyed their stage set up. With the whole band up front, it added a lot of energy. I can’t wait till they come back to Calgary again.

The New Pornographers were on next. This band hails from Vancouver, British Columbia. This band has Carl Newman on guitar/vocals, Neko Case on vocals, John Collins on bass, Blaine Thurier on keyboards/synthesizer, Todd Fancey on lead guitar, Kathryn Calder on vocals/keyboard/guitar, Joe Seiders, Joe Seiders on drum/vocals, and Simi Stone on violin/vocals. They came out to a packed MacEwan Hall. Everybody in the crowd cheered as loud as they could to welcome them on stage.

This band has an extremely full sound. They blend the instruments and vocals. So many people sing in the band, and paired with  keyboards and violin. Their music can take on an orchestral air to it. Over their Rock and Roll tone. They started off the night with songs off of their new album whiteout conditions. I really like the song Colosseums. It has a crunchy bass riff that sucks you in. Paired with the vocal harmonies, and the band. It works perfectly. After a couple songs they started to play some of their hits. The crowd began to sing along. With so many people, you couldn’t help it. This band is extremely talented, and certainly know how to play together. The night was filled with singing and great music. My only issue was the band seems very stationary. But that being said. The New Pornographers still know how to put on a fantastic show. I’ll definitely be seeing them next time they come to Calgary.

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