Pitchfork Music Festival 2010 Review: Day 2
Wed, 21 Jul 2010 16:02:18
I had a lot of hope for Day 2. Well, to be more accurate, I had a lot of blind faith in Day 2. After the soul-crushing blow from Day 1, I should have been defeated, unwilling to give Pitchfork another chance. Yet, for some reason, I knew Saturday would be better – to be fair, it probably had a lot to do with my love for Sonny & the Sunsets.
So I arrived at the B stage - after catching a lively 30 second snippet of Real Estate’s set - with the hopes for a great set from my new favorite band.
Sonny and his gang played song “Death Cream” among others from their super snappy, 60s-style release Tomorrow is Alright. Like I predicted, their sound was a perfect fit for summertime in Chicago. Their quirky, jingly, easy pop sound resonated well with the audience looking for a break from the heavy and loud electro and rock sounds of the weekend. Their music, like always, put me in a great mood to start the long day, and yet I felt slightly dissatisfied because their P4K set lacked the charming anecdotes I heard at their Spaceland show in June.
From the calm and cool atmosphere of the B stage, I moved onto Delorean in the main field. The 90 degree sun beat down on the audience, making dancing intolerable, which was a shame since Delorean produces some really danceable electro-rock music. While some people danced along to the music, it seemed the Spanish group was exerting themselves more than anyone else in the vicinity.
The most memorable moment of the day came during the Titus Andronicus set when lead singer Patrick Stickles, announced, “I’m sweating like a pregnant nun talking to the Pope.” The quip, while hilarious, was easily overshadowed by Titus Andronicus’s performance. Stickles et al played energetically and often acted out the words he was singing. Their anthemic sound was paired perfectly with their American-flag-draped stage, making it all seem bigger and more impressive than any of the acts of the day so far.
Next up was The Smith Westerns, a young suburban Chicago band. The music was catchy, but they sounded almost as young as they looked; I would give them a few more years until they are a true festival draw.
WHY? was the biggest surprise of the day. I expected a fairly straightforward performance of somewhat experimental folk rock music, but instead got 30+ minutes of singer Yoni Wolf doing interpretive dance around the stage. While singing he would flap his arms like wings, start kicking or fall sideways. It was highly amusing and astonishingly not distracting. His dancing enhanced the performance, turning me onto a band that I had always been a bit wary of. I definitely cannot wait to see WHY? again live.
Like I said before, P4K is less about the headliners than about the supporting acts, so my day ended with Wolf Parade. The band put on a good show, but the 6pm heat was too brutal to withstand. I sat through as much of their new material as possible and then cut out for the day, unwilling to tire myself out too much to enjoy Sunday’s stellar line up.
Who I Saw:
Sonny & The Sunsets
The Smith Westerns
Heard from Afar:
Favorite of the Day:
Titus Andronicus and WHY?