Half Moon Run Captivates a Sold-Out Horseshoe Tavern

Half Moon Run @ Horseshoe Tavern, 08-03-13

Date of show: March 8, 2013


You could feel the anticipation for Half Moon Run to take the stage at the Horseshoe Tavern. While the band had been touring the world for much of 2012 to support the release of their debut Dark Eyes, it had been a while since Half Moon Run had a Toronto appearance. As members of the band got on stage to set up, the crowd yelled, “Half Moon Run! Half Moon Run!” over and over. The band, seemingly caught off guard by the crowd’s reaction, couldn’t stop grinning. These genuine grins kept reappearing throughout the set, as they were taken aback by the sold-out crowd singing (and screaming) along.

Half Moon Run kicked off their set with “21 Gun Salute,” and played most of Dark Eyes. As a treat, the band also played “All At Once,” an older song they like to bring out every once in a while, as well as “An Offer,” a newer song that they admittedly tried out a lot when touring in Australia. As Devon Portielje (vocals, guitar, percussion) sang, “give me an offer unofferable,” the crowd was completely silent and taking it all in. Picking it up a little, the band then played “Call Me in the Afternoon,” which resulted in Portielje exclaiming, “You guys are crazy as shit!” to the crowd that sang and danced along.

Other highlights of the set included, “Need It,” a completely sexy song that was paired with some interesting dancing from Conner Molander (keys, samples, guitar, harmonica, vocals), as well as “Full Circle,” the first single from Dark Eyes. Half Moon Run ended their 11-song set with “She Wants to Know” before the band was urged to come back out for an encore and the band joked that they were hoping the crowd would call them back out. After playing “Give Up,” Portielje introduced a new song that he warned would be very different. This song sounded like much more of a blues jam, which had Molander rocking out quite a bit on guitar. It was an interesting preview into what the band may have in store for fans in the future. Whatever it is, we’re certainly looking forward to hearing it.

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Folly & The Hunter

Montreal’s Folly & The Hunter kicked off the night and was the only other band on the bill. The 5-piece band is comprised of Nick Vallee (vocals, guitar), Laurie Torres (keys, vocals), Christopher Fox (multi-instrumentalist), Phil Creamer (bass), and Nick Scofield (drums). The band played songs from Residents, their debut that was released in 2011, but the band also previewed songs from Tragic Care, which will be released on April 16th via Outside Music. One particular highlight of the set would be “Moth in the Porchlight,” which will be released on Tragic Care. It’s such a dynamic song that has me looking forward to the rest of the album.

Folly & The Hunter’s indie folk possesses this warmth and really draws the listener in. However, the crowd at the Horseshoe was not too kind to the band, since there was such an audible buzz waiting for the headliners to take the stage. There were moments when the crowd was distractingly loud and it was such a shame because they sounded great. Hopefully on their next visit, Folly & The Hunter will get the attention they deserve.

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