Furious jams grew out of their songs, which are full of brooding, atmospheric sonics combined with a strong indie-rock sensibility. They wouldn't be out of place in your collection if you like Radiohead. They were so excellent that I figured they should return with their own headlining tour. The crowd enjoyed them and I have no doubt they would have sold several CDs, if they had any for sale. Visit thedarcys.ca to download their albums for free.
Bombay Bicycle Club typically play to around 5,000 people in England and they apparently played in front of 10,000 fans in their largest sold out gig. They could easily play to a crowd the size of the RBC Theatre at the MTS Centre back home, so it was a treat to see them play the 400-person capacity WECC. By comparison to The Darcys, they were decidedly more pop-oriented, although when they stretched things out with a similar intensity that The Darcys demonstrated, they were clearly not to be confused with any flavor of the month pop band.
Current single "How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep" opened the show, and the fans were cheering after just a few notes. They had the chops to play with indie credibility but also several catchy songs to draw in new fans. The encore featured "Shuffle," another single from the new album. It wouldn't sound even slightly out of place in anyone's best of the '80s mix tape.
Lucy Rose not only opened tonight's gig but also performed backing vocals and percussion with the headliners. Lead singer Jack Steadman has a distinctive voice and is probably more unique than great. but their melodies are undeniably striking. Their show was about 75 minutes long and I picked up their CD for $10. There's no doubt that all three of these acts have increased their fan base in Winnipeg.