Concert Review: Broods @ Corona Theatre – Montreal

Photo by Stephen Tilley

It hasn’t been that long since the New Zealand electronic-pop siblings, BROODS – consisting of Georgia and Caleb Nott – made their debut in Montreal at the Théâtre Corona. Since then they’ve released their debut album, Evergreen, have gone on to tour worldwide with the likes of Ellie Goulding, HAIM, and Mikky Ekko, and managed to pick up quite the fan-base in Montreal.

Equipped with a catalogue consisting of no more than their self-titled EP and their latest LP, Evergreen, they managed to take Montreal by storm as they returned for their sophomore performance at the Théâtre Corona on Saturday night to entice avid fans.

The duo were unmistakably taken aback at a few points during their performance, mostly by the sheer number of fans and cheers, Georgia finally joked about how “Last time we played here there were like were like, 80 people”. Early on during the Swedish pop opener, Erik Hassle’s set, the venue’s gallery opened up to accommodate the near-capacity crowd.

Caleb took care of synth keys and samples, supplying the venue with thunderous bass while Georgia captivated the crowd with her impressive vocals and her all white wardrobe while performing mesmerizing dance moves during their fourteen song set. They also brought along a drummer for their live performances.

The duo didn’t fool around, jumping right into an early classic, “Never Gonna Change”, followed by “Everytime”, a cut off their new LP. As they were getting warmed up the stage lit up with colourful spotlights and dazzling multicoloured LEDs towers. The duo then stopped for a quick break to chat with the crowd. Their set saw a few more breaks than show-goers would be used to, but to be expected of course with such a sparse but diversely powerful catalogue. The energetic siblings switched gears a bit, which featured Georgia on an alternate keyboard for “Sleep Baby Sleep”, a song that which demonstrated how powerful her voice can be.

After talking about their fascination with all the snow coming down around town, the duo launched into their debut album’s title track, accompanied by large fans which sent strands of material swirling into the air, and complimenting her white wardrobe quite nicely. The excitement was high as they performed a new song, “Bedroom Door” but was quickly shut down by an unmemorable “Medicine”. They continued to spill out fan favourites like “L.A.F.”, “Four Walls” and “Bridges”, but by far the most memorable performance was “Coattails”. The EP track featured a spontaneous sing-along for the mighty closer. Talk about the perfect track to finish up their set and have fans begging for more.

They returned to the stage for an encore of back to back hard-hitters, exploding first into “Superstar” and then topping it off with “Mother & Father”, their first single from Evergreen. For such a young duo, they are surprisingly skilled at both delivering such a high-standard of material and an exceptional on-point performance. With such a long career ahead of them and a powerhouse catalogue to boot, who knows what the future holds for these bright New Zealand siblings.

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Review by Sean Carlin | @seancarlin89

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