July 20, 2007
Tired of Pitchfork Fest coverage yet? Well, this is the last post on the subject for a long time, and I have some great bands to cover starting next week.
After an incredible Of Montreal set, I decided to chill out a the Balance Stage for a bit. I caught the end of The Field which was a hit or miss for me. I like what I’ve heard of his recent album, but the live translation was a bit too mellow for my liking. The reason, I was there though, was to see British dance/punk/rave kids, Klaxons. For reasons unknown, the band took the stage a half an hour after schedule, but once they did it was immediate hysteria. “The Bouncer” / “Atlantis to Interzone” kicked off the night and I literally moved from midway through the crowd to four rows from the band in a couple minutes. The whole place was going insane with energy (no doubt reserved from the previous show and 30 minute wait).
The Brits didn’t let up, exhausting their catalogue of high octane song after song from Myths of the Near Future, and for once on the Balance Stage the sound was working great. The atmosphere of the show was great, I got sprayed with water more than a few times and the crowd-surfing/mosh-pit going on was undeniably fun. There was one dude with a nice looking SLR camera that was crowd-surfing AND taking pictures (very risky but also pretty awesome). Klaxons ended with two of their best, “It’s Not Over” and “Four Horsemen” before bowing out for the night. If you ever see Klaxons live, prepare for a non-stop riot, because this band brings the party.
I’ve been uploading some videos I shot at Pitchfork Fest and youtubin’ them along the way. Follow the link and you can watch some of the best ones.
Of Montreal – Party’s Crashing Us
Battles – Atlas
Voxtrot – Soft & Warm
Iron & Wine – Boy With A Coin