Concert Review: London Grammar and Haerts @ The Phoenix

London GrammarIf vibrant female voices set to ambient dancey grooves is what gets you going, then odds are, you were probably getting soaked on this dreary Monday ‘spring’ evening waiting in line to see London Grammar at the sold out Phoenix.

Haerts (no, I didn’t just spell Hearts incorrectly) gave us the first sample of resonating female vocals. Brooklyn’s indie pop foursome, with Nini Fabi on vocal duties, boasted a set full of catchy songs from 2013 EP Hemiplegia infused with 80’s pop elements executed perfectly. The usually unanimated Toronto crowd was bopping and swaying in no time. Stationary for the most of the set, Fabi’s emotive voice pierced through the loud instrumentation, and her vocal prowess shone through during the slow jams with the extended harmonies. Those gathered collectively let out a groan of disappointment when the band mentioned “Giving Up”, the single off their upcoming July release, was their last song. That’s pretty impressive for an opening act.

London Grammar

Hannah Reid and her buds in London Grammar began their 50 min set with “Hey Now”. Starting with the most popular song is rare. But, also rare is Reid’s powerful vocals. Despite being often likened to fellow UK vocalista Florence Welch, Reid’s voice, comparatively, resonates more aided by the subdued instrumentation of the trio’s songs. Every tune from their debut release If You Wait was a crowd favourite, as the mesmerized contingent was gently swaying to the sweet guitar licks of Nick Jonas lookalike Dan Rothman and the percussion sounds of Dominic Major, rocking a Harry Styles hairdo. Hinting at a possible Lollapalooza guest appearance doing vocals on Disclosure’s “Help Me Lose My Mind”, Reid and co ended the one-song encore with “Metal & Dust”.

With the arena-style lighting scheme, captivating banner as a backdrop and the trio’s talent of recreating the magic of the record, this might be the last time Toronto will see London Grammar in this intimate capacity.

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Review by Nilabjo Banerjee (@nilabjo) | Photos by Vincent Rivera (@realvincerivera)

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