I don't mind that he was on the medium stage. Some of my favorite Sasquatch performances have been there. Crudo, Deadmau5, Michael Franti and Spearhead (the year of the wind storm), Beastie Boys instrumental set, Girl Talk, Miike Snow, and Ghostland to name a few. Unless the band has some insane light show that demands a larger stage I actually prefer seeing them on the Bigfoot stage. It's easier for me to get closer, and I feel like more of the people there are invested in the gig. Otherwise they'd just be chilling on the hill watching whatever happened to be on the main stage. This was definitely the case at the Crudo show. A really small turn out, but everyone there was really into it. I think they also had a shitty early time slot, which I do think is wrong.
Just to make sure for those who weren't in attendance and are super curious, what was the reason for the Mars Volta performance being so awful?
Oh, and to answer your question: they went insane at Sasquatch '09. It kinda seemed like their normally managed chaos went out of their control and rather than being insanely good and complicated it just turned into a cesspool of sound. On top of that, Cedric, in his madness, decided it was a good idea to throw heavy things into the audience. I was not nearly close enough to be worried for my own safety, but I've heard a number of people talk about how they were afraid for their lives. They were probably exaggerating, but I wouldn't have traded places with them.
I saw them open for System a few years ago at an arena show. Now THAT was a wicked concert!
DUDE! Such a good show!
Yes! That night in general was quite the adventure for me, too. It's a long story, so I'll try to condense it, but feel free not to read this:
First off, I didn't know about the concert until after it was sold out. I scoured Craigslist for weeks trying to pick up a pair of floor tickets for myself my girlfriend at the time for anything close to face value, but people were only selling for much more. I happened to check the morning of the show and saw that someone was offering a pair at face value, so I e-mailed and met up with them downtown to transact. When I got there she said that she had won the tickets from a radio contest and didn't know the bands so decided to sell, and after posting she received about 100 e-mails in 15 minutes but mine was the first. The radio station had also given her a copy of the latest Mars Volta album, so she threw that in to the deal as well. I was a happy camper.
Later that evening, we were on our way to GM Place for the concert when we ran into some other concert goers on the SkyTrain. We got to talking to them, and even picked up some herbal supplements from them, and somehow in our conversation it came out that one person in their group thought the concert was actually at the Pacific Coliseum, another arena in the outskirts of town (we were downtown.) We checked our tickets, and in fact we were headed to the wrong place. Since we were already running late, this was not good news.
We changed our travel plans and stayed on the SkyTrain a few more stops in order to connect with the #16 bus that would take us to the concert. The bus was packed to the brim with more concert goers, and pretty soon after we boarded the driver got on the intercom and asked if there was anyone on the bus who wasn't going to the System show. No one responded, so he excitedly exclaimed that we were "going express" and proceeded to drive us straight to the concert with out stopping. He even said he'd turn a blind eye when we asked if we could smoke up on the bus. Only in Vancouver.
So we get to the show, going through about 5 security checkpoints before we make it to the floor, and Mars Volta is in the middle of a huge build-up to one of their songs. I don't even remember which one it was now, but it was epic. The place was alive and the energy unreal. Turns out that we missed about half of their set, but the half that we did see was awesome. And then System went on and time seemed to stop. I think the herbal supplements had a lot to do with this, but still. A great adventure, and a great show.
Hey Wolfhat, I was at the Biltmore last night as well...
...and that will likely be the last time I see Freelance Whales. you know, they're okay and I had a good time with my date...but god it was mushy, sappy and just lacked any edge. It sounded like every song they played could have been written about crying over cotton candy, or falling off a teeter todder. The drummer wore a scarf and looked right out of a J Crew catalogue.
Yeah, I am not overly excited by them at all. I do like their sound, though, even if it does lack edge. Their album is no different so I guess I wasn't expecting to have my mind blown.
Their drummer's outfit was hilarious though! Your "J Crew catalog" description is exactly right. For those not at the gig, he is a clean-cut guy and wore a fashionable sweater with a winter scarf tied tightly around his neck. Very strange, but also not out of place in a band of hipsters. Did you see the cardigan the leader singer from Pepper Rabbit was wearing? Well, of course you did. It was navy blue with a nautical theme, oversize, and had large white polka dots all over it. That's how I knew who he was at the bar.
The "L" and "N" that these British Columbians are talking about are the equivalent to the graduated licensing programs in many of the states, such as Washington. They also refer to these big magnetic letters that you have to put on the back of your car when you drive to signify that you are a new driver.
When I see them on the road, I think Loser:
Basically, they're a warning to other motorists that the person driving is even worse than the other BC drivers. Beware!
Most of the hate from this board comes from their Sasquatch performance.
I agree, and I hope we're right. I was fortunate enough to see their Sasquatch performance from beyond cymbal-throwing distance so my opinion of it was less clouded by my fight or flight response. They were, however, completely bonkers on stage. I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as when I saw them open for System a few years ago at an arena show. Now THAT was a wicked concert!
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It was definitely the obvious go-to, but I was surprised they hadn't been mentioned yet. Another obvious one is Mars Volta, but they seem to get a lot of hate on this board so maybe I'll keep them out of this.
I saw Freelance Whales last night. I'm not their #1 fan, but the gig was fun. Tickets were cheap, PBR was on special (of course), and they sounded pretty good. It may have just been the venue, but their stage presence seems to have improved since they played Sasquatch earlier this year.
The reason I bring this up is because I ran into the lead singer of the opening band (Pepper Rabbit) at the bar and got to talking to him about their upcoming gigs. Turns out they are hoping to play Sasquatch this year. They don't have the final word on it yet, or at least that's what he told me. They are turning the west coast with Passion Pit for the next few week, and later Ra Ra Riot, in case any of you are going to one of those shows. Pepper Rabbit definitely fits into the whole indie-hipster music scene, much like Freelance Whales. Their sound live was better than what I listened to today on their myspace, but check them out anyway if you want: