The chart-topping and stage crushing duo The Chainsmokers brought their exuberant, high flying (thanks Drew) performance to The Commodore Ballroom Saturday night in Vancouver. The Chainsmokers, that would be the aforementioned deck-surfing Drew and his spirited partner Alex, played to a sold-out crowd eagerly anticipating hearing many of the recent hits that the group has been dropping with exceeding regularity.
The night started with DJ Aki Nair who got the crowd going before local Vancouver duo Young Bombs took over and actually delivered a hugely impressive set with lots of the energy and hype that the crowd ate up aggressively. The Young Bombs, Martin and Tristan respectively, really turned heads with their set, which is sometimes difficult as they, theoretically, have to avoid songs that the headliners might be playing in their set. I was actually just off stage next to Drew as they were finishing up and he was very supportive as well. At 1am though, the lights went dark.
The Chainsmokers blasted off their set with smoke machines and a light show backdrop that raised the intensity level even higher. One of the main things working so well for them is their ability to get their personalities across to the audience. This comes across through their interaction with fans, jumping down to the audience in the front row, high fiving with everyone around the stage, interacting with the audience on the mic and giving the crowd what they came to see. Vancouverites were treated to all of the hits that they came for and the audience was enthralled and dancing front to back.
The climax of the night came as the group mixed in to their biggest hit “Roses”. Drew rode the decks as Alex kept mixing with one hand whilst jumping up and down with his other pumping in the air. The Young Bombs were dancing around behind them, just as much fans as the rest of us. It was a big moment.
Near the end of their set, for the second and third to last songs, the guys took the brave step of playing the audience two brand new songs that Vancouver would not have heard before. This is risky because so much momentum had already built and artists usually would not want to let it go. However, they did not disappoint, both songs absolutely took the roof off and concertgoers were given the extravagance of jamming to brand new songs, the anthemic “Setting Fires” and “Don’t Let Me Down”, the first of which won’t be out until October Drew told us.
At about 2:45am the guys, dripping with sweat, finished their set. The Young Bombs took back over the reins and Drew and Alex stayed taking selfies with the audience and just basking in yet another crushing performance, another sold-out concert, another city, another country, another day in the life of The Chainsmokers.