Fighting off sore throat demons, Fanfarlo lead singer Simon Balthazer powered through a solid hour of new and older material at the Bluebird Theater Tuesday night, and rallied at the very end for one amazing encore.
Besides mentioning his illness once and hinting at it around encore time, the audience never would have been the wiser. Fanfarlo really shines live. Balthazer’s vocals never faltered, and with strong support from the very talented multi-instrumentalist members, the band pulled out a great show.
Fanfarlo has influences that range from Broken Social Scene to Beirut and everything inbetween. The band members prove themselves as more than just a sonic regurgitation when you see how they play. They’re tight with a huge stage presence. There’s no pretension in their performance. Best of all, they’re great at the gradual build during a song, which really is one of the most important attributes a live band can have. They choose to top off those swelling final choruses with trumpets and violins not because they want to be quirky, but because they’re great at the instruments.
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