Because Daughter‘s show in Vancouver this past Friday was moved from a small venue to the Commodore Ballroom, it obviously had to be a popular gig. However, I didn’t realize how popular of a gig it would be and I’m pretty sure neither did any of the members of the British folk-rock trio, comprised of vocalist Elena Tonra, guitarist Igor Haefeli, and drummer Remi Aguilella.
To start the night, Minnesota native Jeremy Messersmith played a short and sweet solo acoustic set, which included a subdued cover of Robyn‘s “Call Your Girlfriend” and an audience singalong to “Violet”.
Concertgoers soon filled up the venue to the brim as they keenly waited for Daughter to take the stage. And when the band did, cheers erupted and they went right into “Shallows” from their ace debut album, If You Leave. The trio was only one song into their set and yet, the audience responded as if it was the last song of the evening. The reception at their biggest gig of the tour yet seemed to have surprised the trio, especially Elena who giggled and covered her mouth whilst thanking the audience.
This pattern of rapturous cheers after each song followed by a smiley Elena repeated itself throughout the set, which consisted of songs from the band’s EPs and debut. Songs like “Candles” and an upbeat “Landfill” had the crowd singing along passionately, and after “Youth”, Elena timidly told the Vancouver crowd that they were the best.
And to reward the “best” crowd, Daughter surprised us with a little treat during their encore – they performed their brooding cover of the summer anthem that is “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk. It was their first time doing this, apart from when they played it during the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, so I guess you could say we Vancouverites got lucky.