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May 28, 2010
You know you're in Paris when Kevin Drew starts talking about love after the first song. But who can blame him; if one didn't fall in love with an alluring Parisian walking down the street, then they would certainly go head over heels for the breathtaking architecture or the abundance of culinary delights. There is definitely an aura to Paris that few other cities in the world can match. Yet the band that stood on the stage Friday night at La Maroquinerie possessed more than just the vibrant energy the city provides.

Without even an opening act the Canadian collective plummeted on stage to begin one of their biggest shows since the release of the new Forgiveness Rock Record. Truncated to Forgiveness by Drew early in the night, the album's title is more of a tour slogan than anything, as the band appears eager not only to apologize to each other, but to the devoted who have patiently waited for a follow-up to their 2005 self-titled opus. The ensemble looked greatly comfortable, joking around with each other and moving about as if there weren't eight people on a stage fit for five. The enthralled Parisian crowd responded with endearment throughout, shouting lyrics and jumping about to almost every song the band threw at them. The only time things subdued a bit was at the de facto frontman's request before they broke into the calmer "Sweetest Kill." Pleading with fans not to take pictures and reminding them that there was a time when you "just had to remember things," Drew peacefully hummed out one of the more memorable moments of the night.

To be honest, I thought there were a good deal of question marks on Forgiveness Rock Record coming into this show, waiting for several tunes to impact me late. But I'll be the first to admit that most of the highlights on Friday were the very tracks I was questioning: "Texico Bitches" transforms from a sedate studio take to incorporating everything the band does best live: scientifically layered guitar and memorable vocals over a catchy beat pounding below. "Ungrateful Little Father," "Art House Director," and "All to All" also delivered to somewhat surprised ovations.

The classic stuff-"7/4 Shoreline," "Fire Eyed Boy," "Cause=Time", and "Superconnected"-all went off without a hitch. Perhaps most telling about the band's confidence in the new record are some of the vintage tracks they didn't play: "Lovers Spit,", "Almost Crimes," "Stars and Sons" and "It's All Gonna Break" were all missed. These used to be staples of the BSS live catalogue, but now some of the new material seems to have superseded them, as these things go. But the only true gaffe of the night was on "Forced to Love," where Drew summoned up a Floridian named Tim with hopeless dancing skills to hold the lyric sheet throughout. This chance meeting was a disaster, as Drew barely looked at the kid or the lyrics, and stumbled into an awkward stage embrace to try and smooth things over toward song's end. The crowd was frenzied anew for show highlight "Meet Me In The Basement," though; the epic instrumental appears to be the new big finale, impressively stretched by minutes before the band left the stage, only returning for an intense rendition of "Major Label Debut," a charming way to leave the City of Love.

Setlist:

World Sick
Texico Bitches
7/4 Shoreline
Fire Eye'd Boy
Art House Director
Cause=Time
All to All
Sweetest Kill
Love Is New (Brendan Canning vocals)
Water in Hell
Ungrateful Little Father
Capture the Flag
Superconnected (slow version)
Meet Me in the Basement
(encore)
Major Label Debut (fast version)

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Brian Christopher Jones
A student living in Scotland and working toward a PhD in law.

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