There was something immediately recognizable about Saturday night’s crowd at Liberty Hall. This was a group of longtime music fans, with hardly a millennial in sight, reconnecting with a band that has withstood the changing music landscape. The New Pornographers (sans Neko Case) stopped by supporting their latest album, Whiteout Conditions, released just earlier this Spring. While their invincible brand of power pop is what has long attracted indie fans across America, the songs off of Whiteout Conditions gave the band a chance to tout their ability to evolve and expand their sound with a more electronic, new wave feel.
For this stop on the tour, they brought along Ought (or as we like to call them, the Canadian Joy Division). There’s something very Ian Curtis-like about frontman Tim Darcy, with vocals that play by their own rules (and somewhat cheeky lyrics). Ought’s sound took us on a stylish saunter through the post punk landscape, playing with tempo and delivering the unexpected.