Some of you might re-call reading our post about the lovely Elle King back in March. Well, Miss King kicked off her very first headlining tour here in Montreal last night, and within moments of hitting the stage in the cozy Theatre Fairmount it was clear that Elle is no joke.
Strutting her stuff onto stage, looking like a dream blend between an alt-rock vixen and a Sailor Moon character(even noting her love for Asian culture after a fan points out her styling choices). Within moments her massive voice filled the small theatre, and the mood was set. As she wailed through her opening song Jackson, the audience was perceptive to her energy. Elle King is a vocal phenomenon, only made all the more impressive by the tightness of her backing band. This group together has figured it out, and the excitement was evident to each memeber as they progressed through the setlist for their first headline gig.
Something so magical about Elle King is her ability to interact with the crowd on a level that was so personal. Taking advantage of such an intimate venue, the audience was treated to a slight monologue between songs, a bit of story about where they came from, and lots of love shown to the crowd and Montreal alike. Saying how much love she has for Montreal, having been here before. Montreal set a good home for her to kick off this string of tour dates.
Odd sips of liquor with a cheers to the crowd, cracking some jokes while flipping from guitar to banjo, all came off so real and authentic. Elle clearly flourishes when she feels that vibe of family, and comfort on stage. Giving the audience the feel of watching an old friend. The connection was real. Crooning to the audience how surreal it was to hear her songs sung back to her, this show felt special for me to be at. Almost as special as Elle must have felt delivering us her brand of folk blended rock’n’roll.
Highlights from the just over an hour long setlist were obvious fan favourites like Under The Influence, Where the Devil Don’t Go, Last Damn Night & the albums lead single Ex’s and Oh’s. The response from the audience during these songs was huge. Clear that her debut record Love Stuff has been playing on repeat for many of the attendees at the show. Coming down off stage to take a selfie mid-song, utilizing the body-free moments without a guitar by dancing back and forth on the stage. It had been quite some time since seeing an act have so much fun on stage.
A couple other special moments of the show came in the form of 2 covers. Oh Darling by the Beatles was the perfect classic track to showcase Elle’s powerful, sultry and raspy vocals. With one moment hitting a note so hard and with so much passion Elle needed to catch her breathe for a moment, her rendition of the classic Beatles track was done so well, you’d swear she had written it herself.
Closing out the show with one of the raunchiest rap tracks to come out of the last decade or so, My Neck, My Back had a great blend of camp and reworked musicality. A high note to leave the show off, giving people a little chuckle & delivering something special for the ladies that the boys enjoyed just as much.
Congratulations to you, Elle King for a stand-up performance and kick-off to this new chapter in your career. You are a force inside a package that is needed in todays music industry. Keep at it girl, your talent speaks for itself. Be sure to check out Elle King’s upcoming gigs here, and DO NOT miss your chance to catch this beauty rock your town.