So we’ve been having a great long weekend; spent the day at the CNE and a (horrible) soccer game with my brother on Saturday (how bad was the game? the coach has since been fired), and mostly not leaving the apartment since then. But Saturday night I also went to a concert with my friend/ex-housemate from Guelph. We saw Fujiya & Miyagi, a band I’ve loved for some years now, have written about in a few places, and have looked forward to seeing live.
It was a great show! I’ve had a good year for concerts and F&M are one of the bands I’ve been most impressed by; they were even more satisfying than I expected. If you’d told me before the show that they were going to play not one but both of the instrumentals from the new record I suspect I’d have been mildly disappointed by the prospect, but they were absolute highlights (and I really hadn’t guessed that one particular sound on “Rayleigh Scattering” was David Best’s guitar). It was a nicely balanced set, the band played really wonderfully together, the crowd loved them, and every song sounded even better than it does on record.
The only problem, then, was the size of that crowd. Whether it was the long weekend, other stuff going on that night I was unaware of, or what Best seemed to take as just the band’s lot in life when I chatted with him for a few minutes while buying the new record after the show, Lee’s was maybe half as full as it should* have been. I’ve certainly been to outright lacklustre concerts, where the fans were visibly/audibly not enjoying themselves half as much as we were, that were packed to the rafters. When you enjoy a band as much as I do Fujiya & Miyagi and they put on that good a show, it’s hard not to feel bad for them when attendance is just good-not-great; I know I was far from the only person to immediately follow up praise for them with “I don’t know why there weren’t more people here!” (Best, to his credit, just maintained that as long as everyone who did come enjoyed the show, he was happy.) Of course there are other, equally deserving artists even unluckier in that regard than F&M, but I do hope this was just bad timing and they get a bigger crowd next time, because they were fantastic.
*(Longtime readers know I’m a pretty pure emotivist when it comes to aesthetics, so please read ‘should’ in that sense.)
- Artificial Sweeteners
- Acid to my Alkaline
- Rayleigh Scattering
- In One Ear & Out the Other
- Tetrahydrofolic Acid
- Ankle Injuries
- Tinsel & Glitter