Several critically acclaimed albums on, Vancouver’s The New Pornographers, featuring the likes of alt-country singer Neko Case, Destroyer’s Dan Bejar, and bandleader AC Newman performed their debut Mass Romantic in celebration of its 21st anniversary.
Entering to a welcoming crowd at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall, fans seemed to double in enthusiasm when vocalist Neko Case took lead in performing the album’s title track, “Mass Romantic.”
The vibes inside became sentimental as all eight band members transitioned to familiar songs such as “The Fake Headlines” and “The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism,” highlighting the concert as a definitive nostalgia trip of alt-pop perfection.
Elsewhere, drummer Joe Seiders, who joined the band in 2014 to tour the underrated Brill Bruisers album, laid down counter-rhythms and alternative cadences across each blissful tune throughout the evening.
From the whimsical sounds of the melodica, Newman’s distinctively engaging voice, to Dan Bejar’s intermittent stage heroics, the concert indeed blurred lines between rock and pop in a transcendent experience for new and old fans alike.