A friend of a friend of a second cousin of TOist, a Canadian in Japan, sends us this dispatch following the Cancontent mini-tour that shook up Tokyo last week. Note how capital letters are used to express disatisfaction over the show’s early start time :
WE MISSED METRIC LAST NIGHT! ARRRRRGGGGH. THE GUY WHO ARRANGED OUR TICKETS THOUGHT THE SHOW STARTED AT 1900H — AND IT DID, THE NIGHT BEFORE IN OSAKA, WHEN METRIC WASN’T PLAYING. BUT WHEN THEY ADDED METRIC TO THE BILL IN TOKYO, THEY MOVED THE START TIME UP TO 1800H AND METRIC PLAYED FIRST AND WE MISSED THEM. ARRRRGGGH I SAY!
However – Stars played second, and I think overall they’re my favourite anyway, so that was great. And the Dears were very polished and cool and the singer dude did all those songs where he sounds like Morrissey and Damon Albarn and also a really impressive bluesy number. And then the insane Death From Above 1979 did their thing and the crowd went wild. They are a very tight little band – but then there are only two of them, so I guess they ought to be. The crowd *really* got into them, prompting the singer to say “Wow… Tokyo. Who’d have thought we could export East York?”
The closer with Broken Social Scene totally made up for the missing Metric, because Emily did backing vocals on several songs (along with Amy from Stars) and actually did the entire vocal on Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl, and so brought the house down. Dudes from Stars joined the brass section for most of that set as well, so it was the classic Broken Social Scene scene with about 12 people on stage by the end of it. The vibe was incredibly good and they were all just having a great time, as were we. And that was that.