[EVENT RECAP] Sasquatch!: Day 2
It was day 2 of Sasquatch! music festival at The Gorge! The sun was up bright and early, cooking us campers alive. Gates to the festival were slow to open, so we passed the time playing frisbee, hillbilly horse shoes, croquet, as well as the odd sneaky game of beer pong. After getting through the gates, day two was written all over the hungover, sunburnt, sleep deprived faces. The first band on my list were the Canadians, Half Moon Run. The band has been touring for almost 18 months nonstop, with big names Mumford and Sons, Of Monsters and Men, and Metric. They seemed humbled by the crowd stretching out before them, and in awe of the stunning scenery the Gorge has to offer. I wasn't entirely familiar with their music, but it had me up on my feet clapping my hands. It was a perfect upbeat start to the morning, and I was so glad I didn't miss a minute of their set. I hope everyone enjoyed them as much as I did, and hopefully you can see them in a city near you!
After Half Moon Run, a long time favorite of mine was hitting the mainstage! I have been waiting way, way too long to photograph this artist - none other than City and Colour. Singer Dallas Green started his career as frontman of hard rock/metal band Alexisonfire. He remained the frontman from 2001 to 2011, but in early 2005, decided to work on a solo project, which is now City and Colour. The music is diametrically opposed to his previous project, with soft, soothing songs, acoustic guitars, and a southern/blusey sort of feel. His lyrics have a melancholic feel, spouting truths about the commonality of emotions and pivotal life events. Dallas charmed the crowd with singles "Like Knives", "The Girl" and "Weightless". The set was relaxing and peaceful, as his voice boomed across the canyon.
After City and Colour, I headed over to the Bigfoot stage (the second largest stage) to catch Band of Skulls. This English rock band have been on an epic touring spree as well, like so many of the bands on the bill. They have just released a new album, Himalayan, with multiple kick-ass singles including "Nightmare" and "Asleep at the Wheel". The band was subdued on stage, taking their time, wooing the crowd.
After bit of a refuel with a dinner of teriyaki chicken and rice, I headed back to the Bigfoot stage to inspect Washed Out. Singer/songwriter Ernest Green, a self-proclaimed "chill wave" artist, took the stage a little late, building the anticipation amongst the crowd. I had never heard their music before, but was totally blown away by his voice, and was well supported by his band-mates. Ernest is currently signed to Sub Pop Records, and plans to release a new music soon, his last release being almost a year ago. Washed Out is best known in the US for its song "Feel It All Around", the theme song of TV series Portlandia. Ironically, he saved this song for last, drawing everyone in with a song we all know and love!
After Washed Out, it was a hop, skip, and a jump to the indie/alternative band Cloud Control. There were a ton of photographers for this one, as they had been hugely promoted by the festival, gracing the cover of the official site many times! Lead vocalist Alister Wright had a voice of gold, harmonizing perfectly with the slowly setting sun. The band retains the original line-up from 2005, and have been releasing music almost yearly since their inception. I eavesdropped on one of the interviews in the media room, and they honestly seemed like the sweetest people, with the most amazing Australian accents! I was super lucky to have gotten a such a great spot in the photo pit, and it was a pleasure shooting this set!
After the first 3 songs of Cloud Control, I was off and running to catch Chet Faker, another one of the many Australians on the lineup! Chet is a beardy, electronica singer/songwriter, who has just recently gotten into the music industry, signing with Downtown Records in the US. His cover of Blackstreet's "No Diggity" premiered on a Superbowl commercial for Beck's Sapphire Ale. Slowly, but surely, he has been edging up the charts with a vast range of songs. The set was incredibly dark, and held inside a giant rave tent, so photos were near to impossible to get, but his set was loved by one and all. After being hyped from the set, I ran all the way down to catch M.I.A. on the mainstage, and was truly in for a surprise.
British-Sri-Lanken artist M.I.A, has always been explosive with in pretty much every facet of her show. She is classified as a rapper, but dubs as a phenomenal dancer and vocalist - a true triple-threat. Her flashy all gold, sparkly tracksuit rushed the stage, backed by an explosion of bass. The photo pit was packed; we crammed in, up against all the speakers, rattling our tired bodies and minds. She had a dedicated front row, but the only song I recognized during her set was the instantly recognizable "Paper Planes". She was backed by a crew of brilliant dancers, a wonderful lighting set up, and a very humble personality. As soon as I was done with my 3 songs, I was packing it up the hill, in an effort to make it in time for the extremely popular, Tyler the Creator.
Tyler did go on a bit late, but the anticipation was well worth the wait. The set was strange, incredible and, added bonus, no cameras were cameras harmed in the process! Tyler the Creator, rapper from popular rap group Odd Future, has been known for courting trouble in his sets. Earlier this year, at South by South West, he was arrested for allegedly inciting a riot. Tyler is also known for some extremely interesting music videos, including "Yonkers" and "Tamale". I personally couldn't differentiate one song from another but the performance was exciting, loud, and had the most crowd surfers I had seen all weekend! As we exited the photo pit, we photograhers were farewelled by Tyler himself. After that, it was a long walk back to camp, where yet again, I was out like a light.