Last night, the Montreal-based trio Plants and Animals performed live at Ritual in front of a sold-out crowd. The group actually had the pleasure of giving two back to back sold-out shows in the National Capital Region as they performed at the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield the previous night.
These guys are no strangers to Canada’s National Capital. In fact, they’ve performed a few times at the Ottawa Bluesfest and at Ritual in the past couple of years and have confessed to loving the area. The indie folk-rock trio, comprised of guitarist-vocalists Warren Spicer and Nic Basque and drummer-vocalist Matthew Woody Woodley, is definitely loved in Ottawa-Gatineau and it showed at last night’s concert. The eclectic receptive crowd cheered on for most of the show, yelling out encouragements along with the names of songs that they wanted to hear. Plants and Animals were in great shape and gave an energetic performance well worth the more-than-affordable ticket price. Their group synergy and interaction was really fantastic and you could tell they were having tons of fun together and with the audience. Several times, Warren Spicer thanked the Ottawa crowd for being so receptive and enthusiastic.
Plants and Animals mostly played material from their latest album The End of That including Crisis and Lightshow, but they also performed some older songs from La La Land and Parc Avenue. After almost an hour and a half of quality performance, the group came back for an encore and finished their set with a last song accompanied by The Loodies, an indie folk group also from Montreal who opened for Plants and Animals.
All in all, a great show from an excellent Canadian indie rock band!