Back from a stint in Europe. Hamilton, Ontario’s Junior Boys kicked off the North American leg of their tour in Vancouver at the Imperial on March 10. It was a subdued set that started with “Some People Are Crazy”, ended with “Banana Ripple” and in between, some goodness in “So This is Goodbye”, “Parallel Lines” and the new one “Big Black Coat”. But mostly, sadly, things were flat, awkward.
Maybe it was the crowd – a mixed bag of braying uni students and blasé hipsters chattering at the back on what could have been a partyful Thursday night – or my camera pointing up in his face, but singer/guitarist Jeremy Greenspan looked stiff and uncomfortable. Matt Didemus rarely looked up from his keys. There were a few small jokes and weak smiles acknowledging the audience, but ultimately, it felt like the Boys wanted to be anywhere but here. Shame, too. The warm Junior Boys mellow that works so well between two headphones was simply too cold between four walls. \m/