TV on the Radio at The Malkin Bowl

Photos by Alex Ramon

Summer is upon us, and do you know what that means? Yes that’s right! It’s festival season! The annual Sasquatch Festival, put on by our friendly neighbours down south, happened at The Gorge, filled with a line-up too long to write. And when a festival happens close by, there’s no doubt that some big name acts will eventually make there way to beautiful sunny Vancouver for a little quickie. And with that said, TV on the Radio just so happened to play at Sasquatch, and coincidentally made that long trek up the I-5 to land inside the Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park. It sure does seem like mere chance that they would come up here to Canada eh, but I’m sure their booking agent had something to do with that.

Like I said, they played at the beautiful outdoor stage in Stanley Park, also known as the Malkin Bowl. The temperature was just right for a show, and even though the clouds were strolling in, the lighting was picture perfect (just ask Alex… better yet, just look at the photo gallery!). It was a serene atmosphere, where we were literally collapsed inside a forest, and I can honestly say that this was the perfect scenario for live show.

TV on the Radio is composed of Tunde Adebimpe (vocals/loops), David Andrew Sitek (guitars/keyboards/loops), Kyp Malone (vocals/guitars/loops) along with Jaleel Bunton (drums) and Gerard Smith (bass/keyboards). They also had a saxophone player, and correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe his name is Martin Perna of Antibalas. To me, they sounded like an electornica-jazz-big band-gospel-rock band (did I leave something out?). With this much talent, the night was sure to be a success.

The stage presence and the energy of frontman Tunde was absolutely astounding. He would jump around, wave his hands, and shake his behind like he was a schizophrenic junkie, all the while maintaining his pitch perfect vocal performance (it was like Ben Harper tripping out on acid). His energy transferred over to the audience, who were dancing around like fiends and clapping along to every song. At one point, he even starting talking to the crowd outside the fences, and most likely got them to prance around as well. Each band member lived up to my expectations, except for Jaleel. No offence to him, but I must say he could’ve hit those skins a little harder and with a little more passion (a Red Bull never hurt anyone, right?).

All in all, the night was a success and the fans left happy, including the ones listening outside. TV on the Radio is currently on tour so check their website and myspace for all the details.