Concert Review: From Indian Lakes @ La Sala Rossa – Montreal

From Indian Lakes
Photo by John O’ Connor

From Indian Lakes offered the crowd at Montreal’s La Sala Rossa a bang for their buck on Tuesday night. I was particularly blown away by the length of their show; the five-piece from California managed to pound out a memorable set lasting just under an hour and a half. A nice surprise for die-hard fans. The venue wasn’t particularly the best fit for the band, with about fifty or so odd people in attendance, the site seemed virtually empty. But that didn’t stop fans from moving right up to the stage and getting lost in Joey Vannucchi’s poignant voice.

From Indian Lakes – comprised of Vannucchi, Enrique Gutierrez, Chris Kellogg, Justin Stanphill, and Tohm Ifergan – have been headlining a North American tour with Lemolo and The Soil & The Sun in support of their 2014 release, Absent Sounds. Openers Lemolo and The Soil & The Sun, were unexpected standouts at Tuesday night’s performance. Lemolo, a dream-pop duo from Seattle, offered up a unique blend of off-the-cuff, raw tunes, while The Soil & The Sun prided themselves on vocal harmonies and an eclectic mix of instruments, including a violin, oboe, and two sets of keys.

From Indian Lakes’ modest backdrop of wooden pallet-like sections, amid red and white sheets brought me to a place where From Indian Lakes started, that being in a small mountain community just outside Yosemite National Park. With a lengthy set, fans were treated to their fair share of songs off Absent Sounds, but also some favourites off the independently released, Able Bodies. If there was a song you were waiting to hear, it was covered!

Songs like “Am I Alive?” saw the crowd clapping along with the rest of the band. Even “Ghost” and “Breathe, Desperately” had their moments to shine; fans were quickly singing along as if it had been something off their sophomore release, Able Bodies. Particularly unforgettable were tracks such as “Fog”, the closer off of their latest effort, Absent Sounds, and extended jam sessions (“Label This Love” and “Come In This Light”) consisting of high-powered double drum sections. These portions of their set helped propel them through some of low parts of their performance and some of the slower songs in their catalogue.

From Indian Lakes are blowing up right now and there is no better time than now to become part of their growing fan-base. The bar was raised with 2012’s Able Bodies and it has now been raised again with their latest accomplishment, Absent Sounds. If you have the opportunity, go check them out on the remaining stops of their North American Tour.

For our interview with From Indian Lakes, click here.

Review by Sean Carlin | @seancarlin89

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