Hometown post-rock heroes Do Make Say Think took to the stage at the Danforth Music Hall on Saturday night to prove that not only is the genre not dead, it has never been more appreciated.
Do Make Say Think (DMST) has been producing music since the late 90’s, achieving significant acclaim among the (somewhat) niche genre of post-rock. With the release of their most recent work—Stubborn Persistent Illusions—DMST takes fans on a journey both familiar and unknown by introducing less organic instrumentation to their soundscape.
The evening was likely one of the more intimate shows to be held at the Danforth. The band itself is over 20 years in the making and the demographics in the audience reflected that, with old-heads and new fans rubbing elbows. Peppered into the crowd were past and present bandmates from other projects within Arts & Crafts family— Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Andrew Whiteman of Broken Social Scene et. al. The band evoked humility as they expressed their trepidation in booking such a large venue, coupled with gratitude upon seeing it sell out. It was Canadiana through and through.
Playing through old favourites “The Landlord is Dead”, “Reitshule” alongside newer pieces “Bound” and “Do”, the show had a natural ebb and flow of intensity to be expected by anyone familiar with their music; it moves from pacific assonance to thunderous dissonance in a few bars, yet not uncomfortably so. The power of two drummers, countless guitarists, and accents of violin and horns make for a depth of sound not easily replicable.
Finishing with the timeless and distinctly post-rock “Auberge Le Mouton Noir”—a growing movement of sound and speed—the band was met with raucous applause and adoration from the crowd. With many thanks from the band and a plea to the audience to befriend the rural-based fans that had made the trek downtown, the show ended with tact and grace. Do Make Say Think should be seen live by anyone who can appreciate the effort that comes from multi-faceted musicians combining their talent to create something large than the individual.