Tegan and Sara- Button Factory Feb 08

February 28, 2008

This was an utterly amazing gig!!  Just to reiterate Utterly. Amazing. Gig!!

Support came from Northern State.   Came in after these girls were already on stage- rap hiphop sort of tunes so not really my thing.  Some of the songs were good though and they were having a good time.  In between songs they were having a great rapport with the audience and as a side line they would make quite good comedians.  Some good solid songs though and they are certainly energetic.

Tegan and Sara

I have never seen a group cheered as much as these two when they came on stage- the atmosphere was electric and you could nearly feel the sizzle and pop of the electricity from the girls in the audience!

They started off with Dark Come soon and then The Con at which point there was a knicker incident.   One of the girls in the audience had thrown up a pair of knickers on stage which Sara took in her stride but then evidently the girl also asked them to strip off.  Sara then had a bit to say and I am glad that she addressed the sexual issue the way she did- pretty much telling the audience that it was not a strip show and that it was about the music.  She was very deft at how she dealt with it actually- funny story about the biker as well to lighten the mood!  Don’t think the hysteria in some of the fans waned as a result anyway so the vibe quickly returned. 

There were a couple more songs which I don’t quite remember but then came the excellent Are You Ten Years Ago which I don’t think the rest of the place enjoyed as much as I did but was still great.  They also played Walking With A Ghost which went down better- there was a lot of material from the older album that I didn’t know but the crowd certainly did- the place was hopping!  Some really great material that isn’t quiet as dark as the material on the new album and I will have to check it out soon. 

Tegan and Sara had a great rapport with the audience during the gig- at one point it was hard to tell if they were genuinely shocked to have such an enthusiastic crowd but I think they were feeding off of it as well so it made the music all the better.  Near the end of the gig Sara told quiet a funny (if lengthy) story about high school and it being like it was with Coolio and Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds which was quite amusing since it boiled down to some knob-head who she threw a chair at in school and now she pictures him in the audience and is wondering why the same knob-head is there!  Tegan must be use to Sara chatting since she just had a seat on the stage to wait until she finished.  Great encore as well where they played the remaining new tracks and a couple of old ones as well. 

While it is not the same vibe as LCD Soundsystem or Battles I couldn’t help but be carried away with the near hysteria of the crowd and this is the most fun I have had at a gig in a good while!  So much so that I couldn’t get to sleep last night with the music still going through my head…completely worth it and I hope that they come back to town soon!


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  2. Cool review, sums the atmosphere up very well!

  3. Thanks Sinead and Becs- atmosphere WAS electric! Hard to beat a gig like this but hopefully there will be a few more like it this year!

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