CONCERT REVIEW: Anberlin @ The Opera House — 04.18.13

AnberlinAnberlin has been a band for over a decade; they have released six albums and have a group of loyal fans. What this all mean is that long-time band Anberlin has their live shows down — they give a heck of a good concert.

Anberlin

Anberlin

Despite signing to a Universal Republic in 2007, the band has kept true to their sound throughout the years, which explained the long-time dedicated fans. Supporting their latest release, Vital, Anberlin headed out for a Canadian tour titled “Tour de Vital Spring” in April 2013. Anberlin played at Toronto’s Opera House on the fourth stop of the tour, and the band claimed that it was so far the best show of the tour. I’m not kidding — Toronto gets that a lot, but I don’t doubt it this time. The concert was not sold out, but it was very packed, and more people showed up as the night went on. Post-hardcore band Make Do And Mend opened and indie/synth band Paper Route was next. Boston’s Make Do And Mend did a pretty good job warming up the crowd. And then Paper Route took some time to set up, their staging consisted of a precarious-looking wooden crate/platform with a basic drum set atop. It was a pretty elaborate set-up for an opening band and it did feel like a Paper Route show with the band’s theatricality (frontman J.T Daly climbed on top of the platform to play the drums and sang on there as well). Paper Route has a different sound than the other two bands on the bill, but it was overall a fun performance that got the crowd going. As someone who had never seen Anberlin live before, I did worry for a second that I would be let down after Paper Route’s show. But that was a ridiculous thought.

Make Do And Mend

Make Do And Mend

Paper Route

Paper Route

Paper Route

Paper Route

Anberlin gave a show that was full of energy from both the band (Anberlin is a restless band) and the crowd (loud singalongs, some dude who kept screaming frontman Stephen Christians’ name and a mosh pit). But the best part? There was no barricade between the stage and the audience that night. And as Stephen Christian puts it when the band returns to the stage responding the hopeful “one more song” chant from the audience at the end of the set, it was a curious case.  “We are in one of the biggest cities in Canada, I don’t understand why there isn’t a barricade here. But what I don’t understand even more is WHY AREN’T YOU GUYS UP HERE WITH ME???” After the call out, the crowd climbed onto the stage as Anberlin played their last song of the night. Indeed, I wonder if the promoter/venue regret not setting up the barricade for the night? It was quite a surprise how there was a mosh pit but no crowd surfers earlier. It was surely a night to remember for Toronto’s Anberlin fans.

Anberlin

Anberlin

Anberlin & fans

Anberlin

Review and photography by Jessie Lauwicrack.comраскрутка сайта в поисковиках