I went to see The Sounds last Friday with a couple of friends during the Envol & Macadam festival in Quebec City. This was a band I looked forward to seeing live for years, since I knew them back in the days of ski movies such as Session 1242 in 2003, and they were reputed to have an amazing energy on stage.
Musically speaking, it was a great show. They played all their hits, the sound was good and the lovely Maja Ivarsson held it up pretty good with the vocals. One thing that was disappointing was the crowd though. Quebec is known to have some of the best and wildest crowds on the globe, and people at The Sounds show were pretty mellow, even boring at some point. My friends and I were going crazy, singing out loud, and some people looked at us like we were aliens. Another annoying thing was the festival’s formula, which was to present one band after the other on 2 different stages, with a one-hour time limit for each of them. This caused The Sounds to have zero interaction with the crowd, since they wanted to squeeze all their songs in this short time, and there was no encore, which was a big let down.
Still, it was an amazing show and I’m glad I finally got to see The Sounds perform live, but I think Envol & Macadam should rethink its formula a bit to leave place for more songs and more time for the bands to interact with the crowd.