When Molson Canadian’s Campus Tour — featuring indie rock bands The Stills and The Trews — took over The Wave last Thursday, all students could think about was beer, beer, and more beer.
And maybe a little more beer.
Molson banners covered every inch of The Wave and the Molson girls, who resembled scantily-clad polar bears, handed out free Cold Shots.
As people scattered from upstairs to the pit, an overly dramatic yet stylish MC hyped the crowd.
There was also a video game station so students could pass the time before the concert by playing “Amped Up!,” an electric guitar version of “Dance Dance Revolution.”
The Stills kicked off with “In the Beginning,” the first song off their latest album, Without Feathers. After the upbeat, percussion-based tune, lead singer and guitarist Dave Hamelin passed the vocals to The Stills’ other vocalist, Tim Fletcher.
Fletcher immediately dived into the heavily-charged, melancholic single, “Lola Stars and Stripes.” The crashing cymbals and plethora of sounds mixed well with Fletcher’s wailing vocals.
The band played songs from both its albums. The crowd enjoyed The Stills’ trademark intensity and vocalist switches.
The Stills focused on playing and interacted very little with the crowd. Although the set seemed hurried, bassist Olivier Corbeil ended the night well by sticking his bass into the ceiling’s speakers.
The MC encouraged “woos” and “yeahs” as people inched their way forward before The Trews hit the stage.
The single bass line of “Stray” started The Trews’ set, and bearded lead singer Colin MacDonald rocked the tongue twisted tune.
With the deafening speakers blasting, the Trews hyped the beer loving crowd. Fist pumping songs like “Not Ready to Go” and “So She’s Leaving” got the crowd jumping and clapping. Every time Macdonald let out his bursting screams, resounding cheers matched them.
The country-sounding “Poor Ol’ Broken Hearted Me,” created one big sing along. Slower tunes, like “Tired of Waiting” and “Yearning,” emphasized MacDonald’s full, warm vocals as people swayed in one fluid motion.
The crowd was prepared to riot if The Trews didn’t provide an encore.
After the band’s second set, the crowd left The Wave praising Molson for throwing one hell of a party.