Au Revoir Simone hit the stage at Montreal’s La Sala Rossa on July 15th with songs from their latest record, “Still Night, Still Light”. The girls played a stellar show, performing such fan favorites as “Shadows”, “All or Nothing”, “Sad Song”, and “Anywhere You Looked” to a sold-out crowd. Consisting of Heather D’Angelo, Annie Hart, and Erika Forster, Au Revoir Simone play in a style derivative of dream pop (think Mercury Rev meets Bat For Lashes) that has garnished them street cred in Canada, America, Europe, and Japan (where they headlined their own tour in 2009.) The all-girl keyboard trio are embarking on a European escapade shortly, with August dates scheduled in Paris, Zurich, Oslo, Stockholm, and Copenhagen.
I arrived early and waited for the girls to pull over on St. Laurent Boulevard after a long drive from Toronto’s dreaded 401. Their van looked as if it had come right out of the ’70s; painted stale yellow, but with plenty of room to accommodate the gear. Sala Rossa was a fitting venue for their psychedelic sound with its red lights and gothic chandeliers. The girls have come a long way from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, working on collaborative projects with David Lynch and sharing the stage with the likes of AIR, Camera Obscura, and Ladytron, among other notable acts.