Saturday Night: Plants and Animals at Fitzgerald's

Plants and Animals, Vestibule Fitzgerald's May 27, 2012

"It takes a good friend to say you've got your head up your ass," sang Plants and Animals lead vocalist Warren Spicer Saturday. It does. These Montreal musicians played their hearts out to a small but mighty crowd at Fitzgerald's.

Truthfully, I was preparing myself to write a snobby-sounding review of this nice band. I initially judged them as mediocre songwriters with a "ripoff/copout" style, borrowing from artists ranging from the Velvet Underground to U2 all in, say, one album -- their most recent album, this year's The End of That.

Basically, in my head, I was accusing Plants and Animals of trying too hard to be cool. But really, "ripoff/copout" is not the best description; musicians are free to have their own influences. Not only does that not make much sense, but who sounds like they're trying to sound cool now?

The secret is out. Your humble reviewer is actually a part-time, highly judgmental hipster. Just kidding, kind of.

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Alexa Crenshaw