Review by: Melissa Payette
Fans of American psychedellic rock band ‘Portugal. The Man’ excitedly filed into the sold-out MTELUS in Montreal last night to celebrate their 2017 record ‘Woodstock’. After 4 long years of waiting, they could finally sing along to some new PTM tunes.
The album, which has a sound very similar to Australians Tame Impala, translated quite well live, as fans seemed to be completely captured by the 90 minute set. Although fans frequently scream ‘Encore!’ when a band finishes their set (and which they did again), PTM offered plenty of variety in that hour and a half. Fans from their ‘Evil Friends’ days to their ‘In The Mountain In The Cloud’ days had something to enjoy.
PTM didn’t leave their newest followers hanging, and played ‘Feel It Still’ smack dab in the middle of their set to pick things up and get people really singing. Their energy was palpable as they worked off the crowd around them. Although they didn’t speak much to the fans throughout (they are open about having less stage presence than some of their other musician friends), their music was enough to keep everyone happy anyway.
We were also graced with some great cover songs: from Metallica to Pink Floyd, and even a mash-up of ‘Sleep Forever’ / ‘Smile’ / ‘Hey Jude’ which ended off the night. Some people might prefer the kind of show where the band is very active and chatting regularly with the crowd, but it can also be really nice to just get lost in some good music and see where the night takes you.
Overall, it was great to have the guys back in Montreal. If you haven’t yet, make sure to give their latest ‘Woodstock’ a listen, and catch them on the rest of their tour!
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