Like a breath of fresh air blowing down across the northern border, Montreal based Canadian rockers Plants and Animals breezed into the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. last night, cooling the fevered brains of the Capital City. Opening for the Bombay Bicycle Club, P&A launched into a striking set of songs behind vocalist and guitarist Warren Spicer, propelled by the solid rhythm section of drummer Matthew “Woody” Woodley and bassist Eric Digras and launched into the ozone by lead guitarist Nicolas Basque, injecting the set with sharp, angular guitar lines from his trusty Guild S-100 and M-75, as well as the hippest trance-psychedelic autoharp accompaniment ever heard on a D.C. stage. Though it seemed that the crowd had come primarily to hear the BBC, by the end of the rousing 45 minute set the audience had gone Canadian, and like those of us already in the know, were true believers in the power of Plants and Animals.
Lead Singer Warren Spicer
Lead Guitarist Nicolas Basque and bassist Eric Digras
Nicolas Basque and Warren Spicer
Warren Spicer and Nicolas Basque