Photos by Merideth C. & review by Dave G.
After over a year of touring their 5th studio album Bankrupt!, Phoenix brings as much energy and excitement as if they had just written the songs. The French synth-rock band is made up of Thomas Mars on lead vocals, Deck d’Arcy on bass guitar, and Christian Mazzalai and Laurent Brancowitz on guitar. This is a band that truly feeds off of the energy of the crowd and gives it back tenfold. Being on stage isn’t enough for Mars, he spends a large amount of the show walking through the crowd, crowd-surfing, and even crowd-walking. He knows how to get the audience on his side. It’s hard not to be engrossed in a show when the lead singer is standing next to you or you are helping to hold him standing above the crowd. Phoenix engrosses and captivates everyone in the room.
Phoenix played a set mostly consisting of songs from their latest album Bankrupt! and their breakout album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. You could clearly hear the audience singing along the whole show. Songs from Wolfgang, like “Lisztomania” and “1901” were clear favorites. When the band came back out for the encore, it felt like they played a whole second set. This whole show just felt complete, like nothing else could have been added or taken away to make for a better night.
I have been listening to albums by Phoenix for a few years and have always really enjoyed them, but seeing them live has solidified them as a favorite that I can’t wait to see again.
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- The Real Thing
- Too Young
- Trying to Be Cool / Drakkar Noir / Chloroform (Medley)
- Sunskrupt! (Mashup)
- Consolation Prizes
- S.O.S. in Bel Air
- 1901 Encore:
- If I Ever Feel Better
- Funky Squaredance
- Entertainment (Reprise)