Some artists are always worth seeing and some venues always hold up to their name. Amber Run and The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern both fit those criteria. It was only last year that UK rockers Amber Run crossed the pond and played their first Canadian show, and after over 6 years of being a band, some things are just worth waiting for. They’ve evidently developed a devoted fan base in the city, with both shows reaching near sell-outs.
Their set was delivered as a perfectly crafted narrative of love and loss. It flowed through different sections of the band’s musical catalogue, with lead singer Joe Keogh commenting specifically on when the set hit the really sad part. They managed to keep the energy in the room as fun and light as could be as they tackled emotionally difficult songs to play like Amen and 5 AM. They then brought the volume back up with newer tracks Carousel, What Could Be As Lonely As Love, and The Darkness Has a Voice, off of their latest release, Philophobia, to round out the night. It’s always admirable to watch bands slowly grow their fan base around the world, and as much as you’d like to keep some of these secrets to yourself, bands like Amber Run deserve to play the biggest of stages.