Daughter at First Avenue – 3/12/2016


Signs of spring in Minnesota. Ice fishing shacks disappear from frozen lakes, pasty white legs are revealed by cargo shorts and First Avenue closes its winter coat check. On a balmy 60-degree spring evening, UK band Daughter breezed into town promoting their new album “Not to Disappear”.

Opening was Wilsen a band composed of UK singer Tamsin Wilson, Johnny Simon Jr and Drew Arndt. Based out of Brooklyn, NY their dream pop sound filled the main room steep in smoke accented by blue lights. It was a bit like photographing inside a cloud. The crowd was drawn into the cloud and judging by the volume of cheers they seemed to enjoy the set quite a bit, I know I did. Wilsen is the perfect band to open for Daughter, it almost feels like an overture for an opera, teasing the sounds of what’s to come.

Daughter had the audience in its grasp from the opening bars of “Tomorrow”. The UK band made up of Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella has sold out many of their current US dates and First Avenue was no exception. When I arrived, there was a line down the block. It is always interesting to see how a sold out crowd distributes within First Ave and Daughter’s fans tightly packed the main floor emerged in music, some smoke and Tonra’s crystalline voice. The songs at times blended into one another but it felt quite right. It was beautiful to listen to the buildup in some of the songs and the crescendo releasing built up energy. One of the highlights was “Doing the Right Thing” carried only the Elena Tonra’s voice. Overall a beautiful, calm set that left fans smiling.
Set List: Tomorrow \ Numbers \ Alone \ With You \ Candles \ Amsterdam \ Human \ Doing the Right Thing \ Shallows \ Home \ No Care \ Winter \ Smother \ New Ways \ Youth \ Fossa – Encore: Made Of Stone

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