Review: M83 in Concert at the S.A.T in Montreal

Above you’ll find a video of the latest performance of M83 on “Jimmy Fallon”.  As much as I like watching shows on Jimmy Fallon, this performance is really a stripped-down and almost bland version of their show I saw here in Montreal last Saturday, which was utterly mind-blowing.

The M83 concert I saw on Saturday was an experience beyond most gigs I’ve been to (with maybe the exception of Fever Ray, James Blake and Suuns). Initially I wasn’t going to post on the show because I’m camera-less these days and it wouldn’t be much fun to read a concert review without some pictures. Luckily I came across these great shots by Andrew Colvin that really capture the visual atmosphere that was going on.

There really was no better place for such a band to play than the newly re-opened S.A.T (Société des Arts Technologiques). The space is huge, unlike the stage which stands almost isolated in the back of the room. What’s great about this is that it added to the overall feeling of being in some inter-galactic dance rave, with the band lifting off a UFO. This might sound a bit exaggerated, but just have a look at the first band appearance:


Honestly, I’m not too sure where this creature comes from (although I like to think it came up with that scream in the background of Midnight City), but it marked the lift-off of the show with the first track appropriately named “Intro”.

I would have been more-than-satisfied if the band had just played any songs from their repertoire without deviating from the studio recordings, but of course M83 did more than that. They expanded upon all their songs– driving the build-ups with epic drumming, and layering more sounds leading to incredibly exhilarating climaxes– always keeping us in an epic dream-like state.

If you haven’t heard Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, M83’s new album, there are a couple songs on our music player on the sidebar.

Local blogger Acquiesce To… wrote a great song-by-song review of the show, check it out.



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All the pictures are by Andrew Colvin.


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