First band we saw take the stage, is Waaves. They played on the main stage of the festival early afternoon. These guys earn the “LET’S STAY TOGETHER” award of the festival. While they used to fight with each other on stage and scream racial remarks to people in the audience, these guys have surely worked on perfecting their performance. They work well off each other and the small crowd who was there early, cheered the young San Diego rockers on. This was the 2nd time we’ve seen them and even though it was only last October, I feel they are tighter as a band since then.
Titus Andronicus!!! Great band, great show. They win the WE’RE PALE AND WE ROCK award of the festival. I was so impressed by the energy these guys have. These New Jersey indie rockers made some new fans that day, but you could tell they also had some already existing fans that were shouting out song titles to them while they finished tweaking and tuning their equipment before their set started. With big success from their 2010 album “The Monitor”, be sure to be on the lookout for when they come to your area on tour with Okkervil River and Future Islands.
The SKINNY JEANS, SLICK RHYMES award goes to G-Eazy. This California born, funky white boy from New Orleans has done very well recently, having the privilege of opening up for acts like Lil Wayne and Drake. G admits to making his own beats and recording lyrics in his bedroom. I was thoroughly entertained and I give him a lot of credit for coming out to the big stage like it was no thang at all. It must be tough to be an underground rapper still in college but with over 6500 likes on Facebook and a pretty busy tour schedule, I’d say he’s doing well for himself.
The Cool Kids were next on the bill and I’m proud to say they are the recipients of the CHI-CITY SMOOTH award for the day. Representing Detroit and Chicago, this rapper duo is no stranger to B.O.M.B. fest as they were on one of the main stages last year as well. Besides the two headliners for the night, these guys attracted the biggest, most energetic crowd. Whether you know it or not, you’ve heard these guys. Having songs in video games like NBA Live 08 & 09, MLB2K8, and Need for Speed and in shows like HBO’s Entourage, these guys admit to having gradual success. Be sure to check out one of their many mixtapes available on iTunes.
“Hi we’re HEALTH and we’re from California.” That is probably the only thing lead singer “Jake Duzsik” said, that was understood for the whole set. These guys get the CONTROLLED NOISE award. Los Angeles Noise/Synth Punk Rockers pride themselves on keeping the lyrics vague for their listeners. Whipping hair, electronic sounds, heavy guitar, tribal drums and distorted vocals are what make up this band. You would think I’m reporting negatively but I certainly am not. It may be noise, but these guys make it work and certainly are fun to photograph. They’ve had a lot of success in the UK and The Phoenix newspaper in Boston, named them the Best New Band from California in 2008.
Sun Hotel was next on the main stage and I am proud to give them the FOLKY FUN FOR EVERYONE award. They as well, were representing New Orleans. Their motto is simple, and to the point: “We live in the south, we like it, we make music.” These barefoot indie darlings put on a good show and had some amazing lighting to back them at this festival. From jumping around to good rock tune to 4 way harmonies on a mellow love song, these young fellas are worth checking out. Be sure to check out their new music streaming on their myspace and Facebook pages.
I would like to take this time to give Best Coast the HAPPY GO LO-FI award. The band came out to what they called, “The biggest stage they had ever played on.” With classic Beach Boys meets The Donna’s sound, the Los Angeles based indie surf rock trio played to big crowd with a only a few acts left in the evening. Their single “Boyfriend” was included on the list of best new tracks by Pitchfork Media with their album “Crazy For You”, ranking 39th on Pitchfork’s list “Top 50 Albums of 2010″. They start touring with The Decemberists
on June 11th.
The MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY award goes to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. With over 30 people in the photo pit, one common thought ran through everyones head: “Good Lord that’s a lot of stuff on stage.” With over 10 people performing on stage, you could certainly understand why this would be tough to shoot. Due to issues with their gear, the band went on about 20 minutes late and unfortunately had to cut their set short so that Weezer could start on time. I absolutely loved the music this band makes. They all look so happy and enjoy each others company while performing too and that adds to the performance for sure.
Weezer comes to the stage to end Saturday, day 1 of B.O.M.B. fest. I respectfully nominate them for the IS THIS THING ON award. The reason is because when they took the stage, Rivers Cuomo’s cordless mic was completely off for the audience and the stage monitors for over half of “Memories”. Once technical difficulties were sorted out, Weezer went on to rock the house with a lot of songs from Pinkerton and the Blue album, along with a B-Side and all their other hits. Rivers proudly said he had a lot of fond memories in CT and it was great to be back. Overall this was a great day of music and pictures and I’d say Weezer ended the day with a bang!!