Purity Ring came through Winnipeg on Wednesday, their stage show just as impressive this time as it was the first time I saw them in 2013. Lighting beads hanging like a forest, the "moon drum" at ladder's height, and the light drums made famous on the Shrines tour as a centrepiece - all this accentuated the quick and easy trap pop that Corin Roddick and Megan James have perfected in the last three years. With a deeper pool of recognizable tracks, this hour-long set was more intense than the last, moving quickly through the fast-paced songs in the band's catalogue.
When put ahead of this, you'd think opener Braids would struggle to be memorable. However, thanks to new single "Miniskirt", the fleet 30-minute set was a highlight of the show, and certainly surpassed my expectations. Braids has moved from the drone sound of Flourish // Perish to a more quick, percussion-driven sound on Deep In The Iris, which sounds much better live than it does on record. Constant, though, is Raphaelle Standall-Preston, whose vocals on "Miniskirt" pierce both on stage and in the band's new video, which you can watch up top.
So yeah, Braids had fallen off my radar before Wednesday. But that's the nice thing about going to shows - as a captive audience, you're open to being surprised. I'm rarely as enthralled by the opener as I am by the main event, but in this case, there was a lot to love from both acts.