Divine Fits Facebook When Divine Fits decided to perform their first gig ever…
- Posted on Jun 19th 2011 12:22PM by Heather Cleland
Liam Maloney, Sub Pop
It was the last major night of NXNE, one final late-night kick at the can for many who'd endured the city's hot, sweaty and packed venues during the five-day festival, so it's a good thing the Furs' latest electro-pop offering is a summer dance party waiting to happen. As the husband-wife duo launched into the new album's first track, 'When I Get Back,' the crowd at the front got the infamous Toronto head-bob underway, while the folks at the back seemed more concerned about chatting -- a fact that the denied fans waiting outside the at-capacity club would have been none too pleased to know about.
Despite the initial round of feeble dance moves, the cheers and applause gave reason to believe the crowd was into it and the pair took it upon themselves to inspire movement with their own spastic ballet on stage as they rolled through 'Cheap Music,' 'Memories of the Future' and 'Bury Me Standing.' A herky-jerky Perry held as little direct contact with her synthesizer as possible throughout the set, her right leg often creeping up into the space behind her in a beat-keeping arabesque, as one hand stayed on dial-twiddling duty only as long as it needed to, before she'd collapse on the floor at the end of each song.
As the beats flowed, the head-bob caught on and slowly spread its way towards the back of the room. Once the heavy-hitting anthem 'Serve the People' hit the crowd, Handsome Furs' hard work paid off and the head-bobs graduated in to full-on floor-leaving bounces from the more enthusiastic.
It wasn't the kind of dance party that can blow a roof off but still, the crowd's cheers drew an encore from the panting couple -- a rare thing at a city-wide festival that knows how to stick to a schedule. In the end, not everyone made the transcendence into sweaty heaven last night, but there was enough sweat in the room to give everyone a taste of what may lie beyond the terrestrial head-bob.