I was pretty stoked to scoring tickets to the sold out M83 show at the Fillmore on Monday night. There is a substantial buzz out there on Anthony Gonzalez’s (the lead singer, creator of M83) double album “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” which has been in everyone’s heavy rotation on Rdio for over a year now and been M83’s best selling record to date.
With that being said I was a bit nervous about the show, in that I wondered if the show would lack energy or even worse.. sound like two hours of the SAME DAMN SONG.
Well no fear, I was pretty impressed. The backdrop behind the band was sparkly, and there were TRON like light sticks that changed color with each song. Gonzalez’s band was on point too, a guitarist (with a two-toned shirt) rocked out while on stage left Morgan Kibby added breathy ambient vocals.
I will admit some point during the show I thought to myself, what exactly are they singing about? I was secretly hoping it wasn’t about punching puppies or anything super horrible. The music had the same type pattern: intro, build, release, and rock out. But nevertheless I see what the fuss was about the band was tight and I found myself rocking out and not pretending that I knew the words.
The crowd was interesting. I had expected the plaid hipster that exit BART at 24th and Hipster but found the crowd to be primary college age kids and high school kids and few grown folks. In fact during the encore some high school age kids decided it would be a great time to RUN through the crowd that is when I decided it would be a great time to take off.
The Fillmore is a great place to enjoy a intimate show like this and I was very impressed with the light rig that was set up behind the band. Not only every show that sells out at the Fillmore you get a collectible poster. While this poster isn’t frame worthy this time it is a cool takeaway. Also if you see a show there don’t forget a apple in the barrel on your way out.