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Bat for Lashes at Venue

Bat For Lashes live at Venue

Bat For Lashes at Venue, Vancouver, Aug 25 2009

– review by Shawn Conner/photos by Jessica Bardosh

I’m reasonably certain everyone last night left with a crush on Natasha Khan.

The Bat for Lashes frontwoman’s swirly swishy white skirt, her dramatic arm gestures out of a Gothic romance and her voice scaling the upper registers in a way that would make Kate Bush proud was a package that was hard to resist. And, with the big wolf/moon tapestry behind her, the feeling of walking the moors with a particularly knowledgeable guide was strong.

Bat For Lashes live at Venue

Bat for Lashes at the Venue, Vancouver, Aug 25 2010. Jessica Bardosh photo

Okay, maybe that’s a little airy-fairy. But magic was in the room as Khan and her three-piece band (playing a variety of instruments, including some with fancy names like – I’m guessing here – clavichords and melodicas) ran through most of the songs from Two Suns, the second Bat for Lashes album, and the debut, Fur and Gold.

“Sleep Alone” and “What’s a Girl to Do” were highlights, but maybe only because I recognized the lyrics from my few cursory listens of both albums. The songs pretty much took a back seat though to the heavy, thunderous percussion of some arrangements and Khan’s glass-shattering voice. Everyone pretty much loved the show, and a few who’d seen her previously in town said this was a better set.

Bat For Lashes live at Venue

Bat for Lashes at the Venue, Vancouver, Aug 25 2010. Jessica Bardosh photo

Which brings us to the venue, or as it’s known, Venue. This was my first show here since it was renovated (which, coincidentally, were completed in time for the closing of Richard’s on Richards, the now-defunct club that normally would have hosted the show) and it gets a total thumb’s-up. The sound was magnificent and the sightlines are great; from the moment you walk into the room you can see and hear everything going on onstage. However, I don’t see the Venue topping this Bat for Lashes concert for awhile.

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4 responses to “Bat for Lashes at Venue

  1. 11 years ago  

    oh Jessica, i’m in Love with your Visionary Eye. awesome!

  2. 11 years ago  

    more airy/fairy. rock on funny handsome reviewer man.

  3. 11 years ago  

    I was there too. Bat For Lashes had a good performance, but at one point I had the feeling that it was the same song over and over. I somehow felt that it should have been a seated show.

    I bought the tickets when it was supposed to be at Richards on Richards. This is the second show that I am seeing at The Venue (Bonobo was the first one). The Venue is a pretty cold place, with security watching you during the entire show and flashing their lights at you from the upper floor. Not a good feeling. I did not like it the first time, and I still done. We arrived at 9:30, waited 20 minutes in line to finally go in and find the place half empty, I guess everybody was still in line outside. Quite typical for GED I guess.

    Easy Star All-Stars will be playing there in a few months, I saw them last year at the Commodore, and they were awesome, maybe my best concert of last year, but due to the fact that it is at The Venue, I will, unfortunately, not go.

  4. 11 years ago  

    This show was truly enchanting. I was enthralled from the opening act (Other Lives) onwards. The performances were perfection. Natasha Kahn is pure magic!

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