It was one of the first grey and rainy wintry days in Vancouver, ideal for a mellow and enchanting show: Brooklyn’s classic indie band, Grizzly Bear. Surrounded by a semi-circle of lights hanging from what looked like old-fashioned streetlights, Grizzly Bear, its four members spread out across the stage, easily connected with the audience despite the Vogue’s cavernous size.
The band began with soothing lullabies from their newest album Veckatimest, and then moved on to some old favorites from their 2004 album Yellow House, with “Knife” and “On a Neck, on a Spit” garnering the biggest cheers. Throughout the show, a full spectrum of lights washed over the band, painting the band and giving the sound and atmosphere a magical quality. Even with this ethereal feeling, Grizzly Bear themselves came across as shy and modest, their biggest interaction with the audience coming when a member of the all-ages audience shouted out “I want you inside of me!” Awkwardly appreciative and attempting to carrying on the peaceful mood, they gracefully dedicated a song to “that guy.” Despite this random outburst, the music lulled most of the audience into a calmed hypnosis. As one show-goer commented, “I think I fell asleep—but I don’t think that was a bad thing.” Grizzly Bear were positively lovely—just don’t judge them for their appearance on the Twilight soundtrack!