Sasquatch - Day 2
Day 2 of Sasquatch began with a hearty breakfast of bananas, apples and sausage before I headed in at noon for my first interview of the day with Seattle garage punk band Sloucher. The weather couldn't have been nicer - not a cloud in the sky, low 80's, and that killer view. First up on Yeti was new artist Courtney Marie Andrews, an indie folk singer whose slow, stripped down sound was perfect for those laying on the grass taking in her set. Up next was Donormaal, who I got a quick interview in with yesterday - and her set was pretty fun. For a 230pm set, she kept having the sound guy pump up the beats, and as I was grabbing an apple in the media area, everything was shaking with the bass.
After a quick nap in the wonderful shady patio of the media area, I caught The Radio Dept. on Bigfoot - and really enjoyed their set of dream pop tunes. I made a note to dig into their music more. The next band started up at 4 on Yeti - Klangstof, a synth-fueled indie band from Amsterdam, and smashed their set. It's vibey/spacey, slow paced enough that you can have it on as background music, or deep enough that you can find yourself zoning in deeper and deeper as you focus on the lyrics and production. As they said, it is "sad music to listen to at times." I ran to the media tent quick for a snack, and sure enough there they walk in right after I do! I was able to say hey, tell them my thoughts on their set, and let them know that they really should've brought their sunglasses and not worn all black for their performance. They agreed on all fronts. I hope they got the Aloe Vera ready.
Up next on Yeti was Arkells, a Canadian rock group, who have made numerous stops through Portland recently in follow up to their latest album Morning Report. The lead singer really thrived, and utilized the energized crowds potential by immediately crowd surfing and singing the second half of the first track among the fans in the lawn. That was fun. At this time I wasn't necessarily looking for a break, but Fred Armisen was scheduled for a comedy set and that is something I was not missing. He was pretty great - doing things from impressions of how people listen to jazz music to doing a Q&A with fans in the crowd. The last season of Portlandia starts filming in 2 weeks - sad news.
After Fred I headed back to Yeti for Seattle rapper Sam Lachow's set. As of 345am Saturday morning, he was not on the lineup. That all changed at 4am when several other things went down with other artists backing out, and here we pick up with Sam on stage, and with the largest crowd of any event up until this point in the day. His beats are fantastic and fit the festival vibe perfectly with the deep bass and unique sound from song to song. MGMT was up next on the main stage, and this wasn't one of my favorite sets of the day. Don't get me wrong - when they played 'Time To Pretend', 'Kids', and 'Electric Feel', the crowd was fully interactive and having a blast. During the rest of the set though was a different story - they tried playing a bunch of new tracks, with minimal response.
The highlight of the entire festival so far, easily, was Vulfpeck on Bigfoot at 930. Their unique funk, soul, and quirkiness all combined for one of the most fun hours i've had in my entire life. The band was introduced as a starting lineup for a basketball team would be - and they all rotated like a starting 5 as well, with the drummer and vocalists constantly rotating to keep things fresh. 'Funky Duck', '1612', and 'Christmas in LA' blew my mind. The crowd was dancing the entire time - I can't say enough about how much fun this set was. The bass solos blew everyone's mind - if you get the chance, go see them!
After Vulfpeck, I got a quick dinner and checked out a random dj set in the tent before catching a track or two of 21 Pilots before waiting for the closer of night 2 - Big Gigantic on Bigfoot. 21 Pilots didn't do anything for me - not to say they aren't good performers, it just didn't vibe with my interests at all. Big Gigantic was a fun set - they're composed of 2 members - a drummer and the DJ with his saxophone, which made for a pretty fun set of drops feating classic edm beats paired with funky brass.
What a day. I got back to the campsite by 145am, hung out with our neighbors for awhile around the fire and was passed out hard by 330am. A long day full of amazing music, great weather, lots of water, and a quick nap? Sounds like I'm in heaven.