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Concert Review: Neko Case Live at the Vogue Theatre

Saturday 01st, December 2018 / 07:00
By Cole Sheppard

Photo by Kira Clavell

Vogue Theatre
November 30, 2018

Photo by Kira Clavell

Destroyers Dan Bejar and Neko Case performed an excellent contrast of intimate acoustics and beautiful rhythmic maximalist orchestrations at the Vogue. Bejar has the rare gift of being truly timeless, one that would fit in any era, a bard’s bard. The intimate performance weaved through transcendent rich metaphors taking you through the lore that Bejar has been crafting for more than two decades.

Photo by Kira Clavell

One would want to live in even the darkest worlds that Bejar paints with his masterful witticisms. Singing of red crimson tides and water colours flowing into the ocean, Bejar perceives spectrums from beyond and guides us through them. The stripped-down nature of the concert without a backing band could potentially hollow out the songs; but this was not the case. Nursing his beer and strumming his crimson guitar, we got to see pure distilled undulations of the songs in a perfectly relaxed performance.

Photo by Kira Clavell

This was followed up by the contrast of Neko Case and her maximalist performance. Her powerful voice bellowed with heaven shaking intensity. Backed up by her 7-piece band they gave out a continuous chain of relentless hard-hitting indie country bangers. There was even a grandness to the set design, giant artificial bee hives had been constructed and suspended above the band while being blushed with a continuous array of neon lights. This full-scale production fit the complete synchronicity of the band’s performance, as a collectivized unit with a collectivized sound. Neko Case exudes a radiant freedom, a spirit that cannot be subdued and this was displayed on its most heightened level.

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