Monday night is a strange time for a show. On the one hand, it may be the perfect way to start your week. On the other, that Monday slog can definitely put a damper on your motivation to get out of the house. Add to that the incessant winter we’ve been having and you might find yourself questioning ever leaving the house again. Well, on this Monday, March 11th in Montreal, if I hadn’t gone to see Daughters with support from Big | Brave and Container at Théâtre Fairmount, I would have regretted that decision forever because, holy fuck, what a show!!
Kicking things off was Rhode Island’s one-man project, Container. It was one of those situations where I had no idea what to expect but was pleasantly surprised despite it being a genre I’m not too familiar with. Container is, at its basic level, an electronic music project. I would describe it as almost minimalist, but at times the beats and sounds got quite intricate. As a gamer, I loved the moments where the sound resembled a retro video game with an 8-bit soundtrack. That crowd hadn’t fully entered Théâtre Fairmount yet, but the people that were in there were having a good time, dancing along to the music. It was a nice warm-up to the start of what would be an amazing evening.
Up next was Montreal’s own Big | Brave. I had the chance to review their record Ardor a few years ago and gave it a 10/10. This band is phenomenal and, in my opinion, the greatest band to come out of this city in a while. The last time I saw them play, they opened for Sleep. This time around, they have a new drummer and a new album, called A Gaze Among Them, coming out in May 2019. When you see Big | Brave live, you are treated to an experience that’s about as immersive as it can get. The music is transcendent and experimental but somehow manages to catch a groove and get everyone in the room feeling connected as we move to the music. They’re just so good at what they do. Their blend of massive, soaring riffs that shake you to your very core was exactly what I needed that night. It was cathartic, beautiful and as much as I was incredibly excited for Daughters, I could have sat there and taken in more of Big | Brave all night.
Up next was Daughters. If you’re reading this, I’ll assume you’re at least somewhat familiar with the band. But in my opinion, this is a band that has only gotten exponentially better with every release. From the early chaotic metal days of Canada Songs to the strange exploratory realm of their latest release, You Won’t Get What You Want, the natural progression of their sound has been a beautiful thing to see, and on this night, the crowd was treated to a career-spanning setlist.
Their set kicked off with “The Reason They Hate Me” and energy was at an all-time high, already building from the anticipation of waiting for them to get on stage. The crowd was insane and eating up every word uttered from lead vocalist Alexis Marshall. Things would not slow down one bit during “The Lords Song.” I was lucky enough to stand right in front of guitarist Nick Sadler. The way this guy plays guitar while simultaneously manipulating his pedalboard is impressive. I found myself watching him in awe, almost more than the band itself at times.
“Satan in the Wait” was the highlight of the night for me, drawing chants from the crowd of “This world is opening up. Up, up, up.” Such a strangely melancholic track, yet it didn’t slow the crowd down one bit. After playing a few songs, Daughters returned to some older material from Hell Songs and their Self-Titled record, including “Recorded Inside a Pyramid” and, my personal favourite track, “The Hit.”
The evening capped off with another track, “Ocean Song,” from their latest record. The night ends, the band walks off the stage, and I’m left with another feeling that this will go down as one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time. If I was in a seasonal funk, Daughters grabbed me by the throat and took me right out of it. Now, considering the length of time they went away (there was an eight-year gap between their Self-Titled and You Won’t Get What You Want), you’ll be doing yourself a great disservice if Daughters rolls into your town and you don’t go.
Written by Dominic Abate
Photography by Amanda Hiscock
*edited by Mike Milito