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Grandson Concert Review


     I had the opportunity to journey on a little road trip this week to Toronto, Ontario to see one of my favourite artists ‘Grandson’ preform, and it was one of the greatest shows I’ve ever seen.
   I had taken a trip to catch Grandson’s opening set for Nothing But Thieves, a half hour power set with a few of his songs off his new EP ‘A Modern Tragedy Vol.1’ and a few of his older singles. Grandson (Jordan Benjamin) came out with so much energy and an amazing stage presence and I could immediately tell it was going to be an amazing show.
 Grandson started off the set with the ‘Stranger Things’ theme music as he got ready which brought this great energy to the crowd. For an opening band, a half hour set is a short amount of time to really entertain an audience, but he did, and it was by far one of the most energetic, noisy and interactive sets I’ve ever seen. 

 The show opened up with “6:00” which was the best choice for an opening song in my opinion. It turned so many heads to the stage because of its energetic feel, and that certain punch of bass that hit you right in the chest when the song kicked in moments after starting, it was an amazing and liberating feeling hearing “6:00” live because it is my favourite song he’s ever made, from heavy guitar, to amazing lyrical composition, you cannot listen to this song and not be immediately hooked.

 With a live band, the only downfall was the music was overpowering the vocals to the extent where when the chorus kicked in, or there was a loud part in a song it physically couldn’t get any louder, and drowned out his voice quite a bit, but on the other hand having a live band added a nice “concert” feel to it which I really enjoyed. It also was something that came with the way venues set up, and how the sound makes its way to the crowd, so being front row, it was hard to hear the vocals at times, but the energy and music made up for the difficulties.

 Being at the show specifically for Grandson’s act really made the show special to me, and it was really fun and exciting. In the crowd of nearly a thousand people only my friends and i  could sing along with all of the music, which gave off a amazing feeling knowing every lyric to his songs, and him knowing we were there to support the band.

 I had the chance to see grandson open for Sum41 a few months back in Sudbury, Ontario, and After the set had ended, I had met Grandson selling merchandise at his table, I genuinely thanked him for such an amazing set, chatted about the show, purchased some signed Grandson merchandise, took a few pictures, and headed on my way home. 

Overall, his shows never fail to blow me away. The feel of the music, the energy and the stage presence really was above and beyond what I had expected. The show was filled with crowd interactions, being sprayed by water and a lot of great music. 

If you haven’t heard of Grandson, be sure to check him out! 
@Grandson on instragram 
And be sure to check out his latest EP “A Modern Tragedy Vol.1”

review by: Lillian Sebastiano

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