One of the best feelings a person can experience is that of coming home. And I’m certain that is what Half Moon Run has been feeling since kicking off their tour on Monday in Victoria and playing in Vancouver last night for many friends and family members.
On the road to support their sophomore effort, Sun Leads Me On, the folk-rock foursome hit the stage at 10 pm and remained there for over an hour as they worked their way through a packed set of crowd favourites and new tunes. It was my third time seeing Half Moon Run and I have to say that this was the slickest I’ve ever seen them. From the transformative lighting to smooth transitions between songs, the guys have really perfected everything about their live show.
With impeccable harmonies and great amounts of energy, the group took each and every song to new heights. The newer songs, even with a slightly evolved sound, fit well into the mix and were well-received by the concertgoers. “The Debt”, with the glorious build to its climax, and the pulsating, head-bopping electro-tinged tune that is “Trust” were some of the highlights from Sun Leads Me On. Favourites like “Call Me In the Afternoon”, “Unofferable” and “Full Circle” obviously got the most reaction out of the crowd who danced and sang along.
If you didn’t manage to nab a ticket to the gig (or were one of the unlucky people who were sold fake tickets), I’m sorry to say that you missed out. Half Moon Run is a band that just keeps getting better and better each year, and my Canadian heart swells with pride when I see just how far they’ve come.