Theophilus London at Fortune Sound Club (Live) [Photos/Review]
Vancouver, B.C. – Theophilus London got a warm, warm, welcome back to Vancouver on a fairly frigid Wednesday night . Fortune Sound Club was packed with bodies waiting to move to the musical stylings of the 24-year-old Brooklyn native making his first Canadian appearance on his 2012 Tour de Roses.
Opener K.Flay got the night started accompanied by some live drums, and the upbeat vibe of her set had some eager-to-dance feet moving in preparation for the much anticipated London. When the man of the hour stormed onto stage rocking a leather jacket and his patented LVRS hat, the crowd went crazy. London knows how to turn the energy up, and as he declared that “New York City in the fucking building” he brought an intensity that set the show off with a bang.
The range in pace and mood of London’s tunes allowed the young performer to take his audience on a musical tour, showcasing the MC’s multifaceted vocal talents. With the live bass boomin he got the bodies moving to favourites like “Last Name London” and “Why Even Try.” Hands flew in the air when he took things to yet another level, performing his self-proclaimed favourite song, “Girls, Girls $”. Crack music? London says so. Do we gotta get Ye to confirm?
London showed the audience that at any point – and to the whim of the MC – the mood can turn. From the cocky swing of “Big Spender” to a booming declaration of a new era where, “young niggas in charge” to crooning to the ladies with “I Want You” or the heartfelt “I Stand Alone,” Theophilus entranced the audience on many levels.
The crowd loved the ride, which included plenty of new shit too: “Red Lights” was well received and the oft-repeated Pinky and the Brain sample was appreciated by all. The night ended with a song inspired by a dream of getting a lap dance in a classy strip club and had London asking the girls dancing on stage to “let me see your titties, girl!”
Theophilus London is bringing his own unique style to the music game, to fashion, to whatever he wants really, and getting love for his much appreciated efforts. Stage dives, a kiss from some front row fan, even a mid-song eviction of a dude accused of fighting some girl – anything can happen at a TL show and it all went down in Vancouver.