Live: HALF MOON RUN // Electric Brixton, London
Canadian indie rock outfit Half Moon Run took to a sold-out Electric Brixton last week, bringing a riveting performance like no other.
Imagine an intricate harmony of vocals laid upon innumerable layers of percussion, guitars, synth, and keys, and you might have an idea of what Half Moon Run sound like. The complexity of their sound makes it seem impossible to replicate in a live setting, but the Montreal quartet execute it perfectly. Their debut album Dark Eyes achieved platinum status back home in Canada, a well-deserved attainment now followed on seven years later by their third studio album, A Blemish In The Great Light.
As if taking us on a brief chronological journey through their discography, the band started with 21 Gun Salute, followed by I Can’t Figure Out What’s Going On and Then Again – the first single off their new album. The slower, more relaxed tracks such as Unofferable and Need It contrasted beautifully against the more upbeat Turn Your Love and Razorblade. In true multi-instrumentalist fashion, Call Me In The Afternoon saw Devon Portielje ditch his guitar for the drums, pounding away in perfect unison with drummers Dylan Phillips and Isaac Symonds, while his co-frontman Conner Molander held the fort on the guitar front. A thunderous round of applause and cheering welcomed the band back onto the stage for the encore which began with Jello On My Mind and Fire Escape, a final showcase of pure vocal harmonies and Molander’s harmonica skills. Ending with their biggest crowd-pleaser, they brought us… well, full circle with the first track off their debut album, Full Circle.
Half Moon Run may have kept us waiting awhile for their return, but tonight they proved that they are worth every single minute, and we’ll definitely be counting down until the next.
Photos: Abigail Shii