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Review Sun Apr 12 2015

Caribou Spent an Evening at the Metro


Dan Snaith just seems like a nice guy. It might be his low-key stage presence. It might be all the smiling he does onstage. It might be his innate Canadian-ness. Whatever it is, it immediately imbues whatever venue he's playing at with a comfortable, laid back, 'happy-to-be-here' vibe.

Snaith hit the Metro on Saturday night as Caribou, bringing along a full backing band of bass guitar, keyboard, drums and synth. Snaith just dropped his 4th album Our Love under the Caribou moniker (he also performs as Manitoba and Daphne) back in 2014.The electronic artist showed his softer side on this album, expressly saying he wanted to make a release that encompassed his feelings for the important people in his life, be they his friends or his family, and that was for everyone, not just for himself. The intent comes through on the record, which is full of tender feelings in the form of electronic music -- not something you experience every day.

Playing backed by the colorful ensemble from the album cover, Snaith took to the stage with his band and immediately launched into the new album. While the songs remain recognizable from the album, live, the band changes it up on the breakpoints, jamming out for longer than on the recorded tracks. Taking turns on lead vocals between Snaith and his bassist, the band played through "Our Love" "Julia Brightly" and "Back Home." The crowd was all about it, dancing from the very front to the very back, and getting especially amped up for tracks from the new album.


Snaith ended his set with "Can't Do Without", the big single from the new album, and then much to the crowd's delight, encored with "Sun" from his 2010 album Swim. Nearing the end of his set, Snaith took to the edge of the stage -- simply standing in the corner, sipping from his water bottle, and smiling out as his band played on and the crowd rocked out, quietly enjoying everything around him. This is a man who clearly enjoys what he does and wants you too as well. Dan Snaith just seems like a nice guy.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

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