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Elliott Brood live in Vancouver at the Commodore Ballroom

Elliott Brood awakens the Ghost Gardens
September 28, 2017 by: Daniel W Young     //     Concert Photography by: Claudia Wyler

Around 15 years ago while I was living in the outskirts of Toronto, the band Elliott Brood played their first show there, and since have recorded 9 albums. The band has been elusive to me since then but having continued to hear great things about their live performance I knew that I could not wait much longer before I had to go check them out for myself. So, when the announcement came that they would be playing the Commodore Ballroom I put down my camera, went to the show, and just took it all in.

Elliott Brood live in Vancouver at the Commodore Ballroom September 28 2017 live concert photography by Claudia Wyler for www.VIESMag.com

From the get go, it must be stated that with the release of Ghost Gardens earlier in the year it would be an obvious focal point for the nights performance, but the band knew well enough that old fans would want a mix with some of the old thrown in to relive some of those more nostalgic tunes. Funny enough, the new album has a mix of songs on it that were started over a decade ago, so really it was almost old on old.

Elliott Brood live in Vancouver at the Commodore Ballroom September 28 2017 live concert photography by Claudia Wyler for www.VIESMag.com

The three piece consisting of Mark Sasso, Casey Laforet, and Stephen Pitkin took to the stage just around 10 p.m. to an eager crowd that immediately wanted to dance, bash, and sing along but were quickly subdued by a couple of slower and more intimate songs before Elliott Brood really got into stride with some of their more upbeat and danceable songs.

Elliott Brood live in Vancouver at the Commodore Ballroom September 28 2017 live concert photography by Claudia Wyler for www.VIESMag.com

What I was left with was being torn in deciding how I felt about the show. The main point of contention is that I had heard how lively their shows in the past had been. This was missing at the beginning and had things starting on a much slower level. This is not necessarily a bad thing, and the band overcame this a few songs in, but for a folk rock band I would think you may want to start it higher than work in to some of the slower songs. On this point, it must be said that despite some edge on a few of the newer songs, their is a more melancholic tone throughout. Despite these two things, the band still played with a large passion as fans reacted in roars to their favourites and I was pleasantly surprised with the range of emotions that came through from one song to another. But forget emotions for a moment, the band has a sound on many songs which really has you wondering where it is all able to come from with just the three of them up there on stage.

Final note: I will be checking them out again the next time they are in town.

We had Claudia Wyler there to catch some photos so check them out below.

Elliott Brood live in Vancouver at the Commodore Ballroom September 28 2017 live concert photography by Claudia Wyler for www.VIESMag.com

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