M83 returned to Phoenix on Wednesday, April 13 touring in support of Junk, which was released a week prior. Much like Santigold, it had been a few years since M83 last performed in Phoenix. Both bands previously performed at Crescent Ballroom and played at much larger venues this time around.
M83 was well-suited for the cavernous Comerica Theatre. The Junk tour features tons of visuals that really come to life on a big stage. The set was a pretty even balance of fan favorites and new songs.
The crowd seemed to want to dance more than anything. “Wait” is one of M83’s most beautiful songs, but I overheard a few people loudly complaining about how sad the song was. Things quickly picked up during “Midnight City” as the audience stopped talking and started dancing.
The highlight of the show was hearing “Oblivion” in the encore. Kaela Sinclair joined the band in February 2016 as Morgan Kibby’s replacement on vocals and keyboards. Norwegian vocalist Susanne Sundfør sang the original song as part of the eponymous movie sound track, but Sinclair totally nailed it.
The six-song encore concluded with “Couleurs” and “Lower Your Eyelids to Die With the Sun” for an epic finale befitting for a band like M83.
2. Do It, Try It
3. Steve McQueen
4. We Own the Sky
5. OK Pal
9. Midnight City
10. Echoes of Mine
12. Road Blaster
13. Laser Gun
14. Walkway Blues
17. Lower Your Eyelids to Die With the Sun