Fountains Of Wayne
|20-Jun-2007 02:20 AM||Contributed by: pete||Concert Reviews|
I found out about Fountains Of Wayne in 2003, about the same time that many other people did, but for a different reason. A friend at work had been listening to them for years, and recommended them along with a few other bands such as the Wondermints and Shack. I listened to the recommended songs, and loved their suburban guitar-pop. And right around the same time Stacy's Mom became a bit of a runaway novelty hit. The single could've been considered a sell-out by some fans, but I think that's a stretch since as far as I can tell, it fits in perfectly with all their other music. And if it brought them the attention they needed to continue to make music, then I would argue that everyone wins.
After playing songs that spanned all of their albums, including their 1996 self-titled debut and about four songs from their latest release Traffic and Weather, it was clear that their set list was geared more toward long-time fans (or, at least, fans with the entire back catalogue). So perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise that when Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger returned to stage to play a few acoustic numbers for an encore, there was a short debate over whether to play Stacy's Mom or not; I'm unsure if the debate was staged or in earnest, but that's irrelevant... the point is that there was some concern. So away they went, playing an acoustic arrangement of the song, and incorporating it into the set list in the best possible way.
The rest of the band returned to play the last song of the encore, Joy Rey, one of my personal favourites and a perfect ending. Most of the Toronto fans were their typical selves, staying extremely mellow throughout the show. However, don't be too hard on us - remember that this show came on the heels of the three day NXNE festival where many people, including me, were out listening to endless numbers of bands until late in the night (or early in the morning, depending on how you look at it). Even though I was exhausted and backlogged with photos to process, I was happy to be there. It was amusing that Chris mocked himself for drinking Labatt Nordic beer (0.5% alcohol), so perhaps he was a little worn out as well.
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