RIP Monogamy Party. They went out with a sold out show and the crowd gave a great round of applause after they were done. Kennedy was clearly on drugs but was able to pull it together whenever they were performing a song. Between tracks, he was a mumbling mess and could really only utter "Fuck you guys...". The rest of the band were clearly tired of dealing with him and just wanted to play music. Good on 'em for playing the rest of the shows they committed to and doing them with passion. I will miss that band.
Before them, Sandrider blew the socks off of a full Black Lodge. It was pretty special seeing them play in that venue. Deadkill played the best set that I have seen them play. Haunted Horses were kick ass (kind of a dark Joy Division vibe with a lot more upbeat rocking out). Hadn't seen them before but loved their set. They are another Seattle band that I will be keeping my eyes on.
The shows at the Victory Lounge (next door) were too packed to watch inside (felt a little to claustrophobic. I caught the sets from outside though. Blood Drugs and Kinski both seemed to put on killer shows that night.
Post by Blacksmile on Jun 23, 2014 19:38:31 GMT -8
While I didn't get as much out of Sled as I wished I had, I did manage to catch a couple of great sets.
Neko Case cancelled her mainstage performance so they opened it up to the public for free (thanks Neko!). Saw Joel Plaskett and Blitzen Trapper for free on Friday night.
Caught Helms Alee on Friday night as well! Great show.
Saturday night at the Republik was Minnepolites FURY THINGS, Calgary band Night Committee, Montreal's Solids and the legend himself, BOB MOULD.
Bob Mould was unreal and surpassed his Sasquatch performance by...well I reaaly don't know. It was great. He played for an hour and forty minutes when he was only scheduled for 60 minutes. He played a good mix of Sugar and solo stuff and then ended the set with about 20-30 minutes of Husker Du tunes. At 50+ years old, that guy rocks the fuck out of any stage he hits. The smile on my face almost split my head in two. It was a real honor seeing him play in a small bar with about 200 people.
My biggest letdowns, in terms of missed shows at this years Sled Island, were Gaytheist, Deadkill and Rocket From the Crypt. Next time.
I wouldn't be surprised if you are picturing me peeling a carrot with a staple gun.
Post by Dr. Burrito Crane on Jul 3, 2014 17:49:20 GMT -8
I wasn't going to comment on this because what is there to say about a Kraftwerk show in 2014 other than "holy fucking shit I can't believe I got to see Kraftwerk in my lifetime", but all I can think about now is how well that show would have gone over at the Gorge. Unparalleled professionalism. It was simultaneously loud and precise in a way I've never seen an entirely digital act pull off. They dropped all of the bass which you don't really expect from Kraftwerk. Even the children who have never heard music from the 1970s would have been into it. Yes, Primus had "better" 3D visuals, but Kraftwerk's 3D was built to encompass venues the of the Gorge's size. If by some kind of crazy but not so crazy miracle they are booked at the Gorge again, I will personally rob a bank so that I can buy all of the tickets and distribute them accordingly through the interwebs because we all need this in our lives.
all I can think about now is how well that show would have gone over at the Gorge.
So much fucking this. That show was amazing but seated venues can bite my balls. We were in the very back row because the Vancouver show had been on sale for like a month before Julysquatch was cancelled, so I was left with limited options when buying.
People showed up late as can be expected and the ushers had to use their lights and direct people to their seats. I have no idea what happened, but a fight almost broke out, a girl screamed and left, security came and kicked a dude out, let him back in, kicked him out, let him back in and kicked him out again. All the while the security guard was standing basically behind me so drinking the smuggled booze was all but impossible except when he would go to confiscate a joint from a dude (who continued to smoke it as he was being kicked out, which was actually pretty awesome). I wanted to stand up and dance, but the seats were in the way and no one else was standing.
Again, the show was fantastic and I loved it, but I spent a good chunk of time thinking how it would have been 100x better at Sasquatch.
Oh and then we saw Fuck Buttons who were also fantastic. There was probably only 150 people there, which I found very weird since that club probably holds 3x that many people.
This has been davers rants about how Julysquatch was cancelled.
Saw the Pixies last night! It was pretty much everything I could have hoped for from the post-Kim Pixies. The sound was great (as usual in Mac Hall) and I was really happy with the setlist. Royal Blood opened the show and though I'm not really into them, they sounded pretty good. I know they're getting a lot bigger now and I could definitely see them showing up at Sasquatch next year.
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