By Andrew Pitchko
February 11, 2015
VANCOUVER — Fans orderly showed up in rows to see and behold Ariel Pink at the Rickshaw on a Wednesday evening. His set was a blast of past hits as well as a few songs off his newest album, pom pom. The energy of the show was perfect for the 9:30 p.m. start. The crowd swayed with the melodies he sang along to — and I say that literally as a large amount of the vocals were coming from his bandmates. His hands empty, I found myself wondering how necessary he was for the performance on some of the songs, with whole minutes going by with him simply adding a few sighs and notes to the others’ full-hearted effort.
He donned some heavy-studded heels and some zebra-print pants, combined with his light pink hair blowing in the artificial breeze of the onstage fans. This, combined with his large aviator sunglasses, undeniably placed him as the frontman. At the centre of the stage, he barely made a move in any direction throughout his set, periodically using an extra drum stick to help the drummer behind him.
The show itself sounded great, though it sounded almost too polished, lacking any serendipitous moments that often make shows memorable. For those of you that have never had a chance to witness the band play but are a fan of his music, I warn you that the image of the man only half interested in his set, barely moving onstage, might take away from your overall enjoyment of his great records.Ariel Pink, BC, British Columbia, Rickshaw Theatre