On Thursday July 9th after a two year wait Toronto was graced once again with the bombastic sounds of Beirut. The openers for the night were the psych-rock duo The Dodos who played about a 45min set showcasing some of their more well known tunes including this one here.
As the venue started to fill and the tension start to rise the main act finally hit the stage and bombarded the crowd with all of their favorite tracks. This was the first time that Zach Condon had been back to Toronto since October 2007 and after the scare last year (Zach took a break and canceled all tours for almost a year) it almost seemed like they would never come back again. If you do not know much about this group then read on :P
Zach Condon was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 13, 1986. He was brought up in Virginia before moving back to New Mexico. Condon attended Santa Fe High School, where he was a student until he dropped out at the age of 16. He later enrolled in community college, which he attended for a short period before traveling to Europe for four months with his brother Ryan at the age of 17. He stayed most of this time in Paris where he became aware of Balkan folk music, popular with Parisian students. He then lived three years with local gypsies where he studied music and became heavily influenced by their instruments. This discovery and Condon’s subsequent exploration of world music proved to be instrumental in the development of Beirut’s sound. On his return from Europe, Condon enrolled at the University of New Mexico, where he studied Portuguese and Photography. Condon recorded the bulk of the material used for Gulag Orkestar by himself in his bedroom, going into the studio to finish the album with the assistance of Jeremy Barnes (Neutral Milk Hotel, A Hawk and a Hacksaw) and Heather Trost (A Hawk and a Hacksaw), who became early members of the band Beirut.
I noticed the last time that I saw them was that they encourage the fans to bring cameras and recording equipment to the shows. Very cool idea! If only I had remembered this time haha. Anyways, for the record Beirut puts on one of the best live shows that I have seen. You wont ever understand unless you go to see them for yourself.
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