Canadian electro-pop musician, Lights continued her slew of tours, making a pit stop at Irving Plaza April 20. However, any concertgoer that hadn’t checked her tour dates before hand would have assumed this was her kick-off show. You will be hard pressed to find a musician with this much energy and charisma onstage.
Opening the show with her new single “Banner,” Lights bounced onstage ready to go – and remained that way the entire hour and a half. With a good mix of songs from her latest endeavor “Siberia” and debut album “The Listening,” Lights covered all the fan favorites and kept the crowd ringing in the applause and chanting.
Treating those who weren’t able to attend the 2012 Juno awards in Canada this year to catch her collaboration with Deadmau5 on “Raise Your Weapon”, Lights took to her keyboard to reenact the song acoustically – arguably better than the original (sorry, Deadmau5). Lights took a break from the sentimental songs to break out dubstep-infused “Flux and Flow” which easily sounded harder live than on record, and title track “Siberia.”
In case calling out certain fans from the crowd and thanking the ones who were lined up a whopping five hours ahead of show time (you read that right) weren’t enough, Lights took time (and jumped off the stage) to shake fans’ hands and interact with them during “Last Thing on Your Mind.” This marked the end of a perfectly thought out performance.
Though Lights runs a tight ship on her records with how smooth the production is and how flawless the songs run, she is infinitely better live; a quality most musicians will spend endless tours trying to obtain.
Check out iamlights.com/tour for tour dates and ticket info on Lights.
Photos courtesy of Erica Esper