Not being sure how to describe why one should go see David Byrne playing live downtown, outside, on a humid Sunday night in Ottawa while thunderstorms are threating a full shutdown and soaking wet delicates was reversed after catching this performance tonight.
While the evening was a tease of radar activity, the band waited a few extra minutes to start playing while the OK was given that there wouldn't be any electrical danger (heard it on the walkies!). At about 9:30, the sky threats were a bit more serious and David announced that the band would have to get away from their ciruits and would be DEFINITELY back for more.
The evening's band completely filled the stage with SEVEN brass, drums, guitar, bass, and Byrne on headmic (and guitar). They were so very locked in to their (pretty complicated) brass grooves, while marching in progression around the stage, that it started to become much easier to describe what this band is all about.
The vocal harmonies of David Byrne and St. Vincent were locked in tightly as well, and at many points, the arrangements integrated the perfectly aligned vocal puzzle pieces along with the seven horn melodies. It wasn't hard to see where all of the Talking Head's music came from.
They gave the lightning and thunder shunning crowd tribute to the Talking Head's this evening with "This Must be the Place", and it sounded REALLY fantastic, remixed with a live 7-piece horn section. Listen to the TH live version and imagine that arrangement. That happened along just beside the Rideau Canal tonight.
After David announced the short safety break, they returned to the stage for a few more songs to entertain those that survived the mild rain and light flashes in the sky. Since that had taken place there was an incredible amount of vacancies created much closer to the stage, past the lighting shelter tree that's beside the soundboard.
Their final number was a gorgeous arrangement of Burning Down The House. The last attempt to clear away the rain.
Note: Anyone who stayed didn't give a shit about the rain.