Wednesday night’s weather didn’t really encourage any venue hopping but some things are not to be missed and Michou’s set at El Mocambo was definitely one of them. If you don’t know, March has been a good month for this quartet of young lads from Windsor which saw them take the Artist of Year prize at the Verge Music Awards and the release of their latest effort, the EP “Celebrate Love.”
This is a band that has earned favourable comparisons to Death Cab for Cutie and Canadian indie rockers Said the Whale, but Wednesday night they gave a high energy show that was all their own. These guys were obviously having fun on stage and even the damp, mid-week crowd was feeling the vibe; clapping along and moving to the beat by the second song.
With songs rooted in the romantic whimsy of youth the lyrics might deter a more cynical listener, but anyone with nostalgia for, or currently experiencing, the years marked by leaving your hometown and first loves will have an appreciation for this band.
Though a singalong attempt during a new tune from the EP proved too ambitious for the audience there was no shortage of enthusiasm for the new material, this was evident when the band closed out with an acoustic performance of the title track Celebrate Love. With the exception of vocalist Michael Hargreaves on acoustic guitar, the band set down their instruments and provided gorgeous harmonies and background vocals – a great end to a tight set.