Few places in the world harbor better artists than Montreal; Leonard Cohen, Arcade Fire, Chromeo and Grimes all call the Canadian culture center home. That’s why I was looking forward to Montreal's Plants and Animals in the intimate surroundings of The Frequency in Madison on a Saturday night. It was final exam week at UW-Madison and although students were scarce, the crowd was made up of hard-core fans. Many of whom came from outside the city to see a great live show and no one left disappointed.
Guitarist/lead vocalist Warren Spicer leads the four-piece band through an intense set, alternating between guitar and keyboards, showcasing a diverse range of styles in the singer/songwriter mode. "Just a great rock n roll band," says Kenny Monroe of Pioneer who is among the Saturday night crowd. Plants and Animals featured songs from their latest album "The End of That" along with gems from the band's first two releases. The tightness of the group shown through from years of touring across Canada and the United States. By the end of the night, the crowd was singing along with the energetic Canadians prompting Spicer to comment, "We should take you guys along with us on tour!"