After spending time on the road it’s always nice to get a warm welcome home. This is exactly what happened on Tuesday March 25th when The Darcys arrived home to play to a sold out crowd. It’s no surprise that the show was sold out, as their star has done nothing but rise with every album and every show. Arts & Crafts knew what they were doing when they pulled together a bill consisting of headliners The Darcys with NO and, Reuben and The Dark.
NO, a 6 piece band based out of LA but “from everywhere” according to lead singer Bradley Hanan Carter started the night to a half full room. NO’s sound is definitely influenced by The National and judging by the very enthusiastic fans at the front of the stage the band already has a pretty decent following. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear them played heavily on the radio in the upcoming months.
This was the first time I’ve seen Label mates Reuben and The Dark play. Their complex harmonies and really beautiful and full sound layered 5 part harmonies with lots of drums got the surprisingly engaged audience to dance even more. Making the anticipation for fellow Torontonians The Darcys even greater.
The Darcys are by far one of my favourite bands right now. Every time I see them play it’s obvious how much their hometown appreciates their art and they never disappoint. Having everyone around me singing along throughout their entire set made my heart swell with pride. The Darcys are true showmen and continue to get better at their craft.
If Tuesday night was any indication there are huge things to come from all of the bands on the bill well as Arts & Crafts their well loved and established label. I’m looking forward to what else they have up their sleeves at this summer’s second annual Field Trip Festival.
The Darcys’ album Warning is nominated for Alternative Artist of the year at the 2014 Juno Awards happening this weekend in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Check out more shots from the show below.