Concert Review: Ron Gallo & Post Animal Live at Wise Hall

Saturday 09th, February 2019 / 09:00
By 

Emily Corley

Ron Gallo Photo by Ray Maichin

WISE Hall
February 8, 2019

A veritable feast for Vancouver’s many psych-rock fans, with a delectable duo of headliners supported by Brooklyn’s impressively experimental Stuyedeyed.

Ron Gallo Photo by Ray Maichin

Ron Gallo started engaging with the audience before his set even started. Adjusting his mic to superhuman height invites intrigue and speculation from the briskly gathering crowds. Gallo and his band launch straight into catchy hit “Really Nice Guys” and before long they seem perfectly comfortable in their avant garde stage presence. Bassist Joe Bisirri jumps offstage to briefly play the piano, followed by a cover of Barenaked Ladies’ “One Week” that gets the whole crowd Moving.

Ron Gallo Photo by Ray Maichin

Ron Gallo Photo by Ray Maichin

The 60’s art-rock feel of Gallo’s set is well established and very self-assured. By the time he plays his closing track, super-hit “Young Lady You’re Scaring Me,” Gallo has the audience eating out of the palm of his hand.

Post Animal Photo by Ray Maichin

Next up are Post Animal, a band who do exactly what their name suggests – an eclectic beast of miscellaneous sounds and influences. Each track pays homage to a different classic indie rock band – showcasing sound alikes from The Strokes to The Kooks to contemporary favorites such as The 1975 and Tame Impala.

Post Animal Photo by Ray Maichin

Post Animal have perfected the delicate art of combining catchy sunshine rock with heavy guitar riffs. Overall, they give an impression of being very serious young men, but a brief break in this polished exterior offers a disarming lightness when they launch into a Jack Johnson song before sinking it into a pit of discordantly delicious guitar fuzz. Lingering drum refrains and a relaxed vibe make for a slower, more reflective set and offer an interesting counterbalance to Gallo’s raucous, experimental fun.

Post Animal Photo by Ray Maichin

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