By the time Phoenix’s stage crew came out to set up, I could already feel the energy of the crowd itching to dance. It definitely helped that a couple of the crew members (including one who looked suspiciously like Chris Martin) humored the cheering fans by grinning and motioning to the audience as they tested out the lighting and other equipment.
When Deck D’arcy, Thomas Mars, Christian Mazzalai and Laurent Brancowitz came onstage, it was clear that they were already cool without even trying, what with their DIY-like setup, black jeans and long-sleeved polo shirts just emanating coolness. We were all lucky to be basking in that, even for a few hours.
The band is known for mixing up their set lists, so it was a pleasant surprise when they opened up with a high-powered performance of J-Boy, complete with the perfect blending of lights and smoke.