Scenes From Friday Night's Sold Out Toro Y Moi Show At Trees.
Touring in support of one of 2013's most anticipated albums, Anything In Return, Toro y Moi, with Wilde Belle and Dog Bite in tow, stopped at Trees on Friday night.
And, from the looks of it, this show was as anticipated as the album. Eager attendees lined up as early as 4:30 in the afternoon to get some front-row action for the affair. The stragglers who arrived later in the evening were probably shocked to see the lack of standing room in Trees' 550-capacity space; it sure felt like there were more people than that in the spot, and, yeah, that was probably the case, if we're being honest.
But the hype wasn't out of place. Chaz Bundick, the man behind the Toro y Moi moniker, is hot at the moment.
Still, it was mostly a chilled-out night at Trees. As packed as the venue was, there was still enough room for some mellow dad-dancing — so much so that the room looked like a school of fish as the crowd danced in unison to Toro y Moi's sounds.
It probably also helped that the crowd was warmed up by an eye- and ear-catching set from Wild Belle. Sadly, the same can't be said for Dog Bite: Despite the overall mood of the night, Dog Bite was a little too mellow. At one point during their set, singer Phil Jones told the crowd, “We're gonna slow things down a little bit,” to which one crowd member responded, “It can get slower?”
But there were no complaints from the crowd during Toro y Moi's set. When Bundick started his set off with “Rose Quartz” and “Say That” from the new album, the crowd melted immediately. Bundick isn't much for talking between songs himself; the set moved along smoothly mixing in favorites from his previous releases, with Bundick only stopping briefly and rarely to show note his thanks to crowd and to share a memory from his first show in Dallas.
Even more brief was the wait for an encore. A quick close of the curtain and a seemingly quicker pull back of the curtain, Bundick and company finished their set with “All Alone” and “Low Shoulders.”
Next time in Dallas, expect Toro y Moi to play an even bigger room. And deservedly.