Yesterday I stayed away from the Main Stage and today I was there for all but 1 band.
The John Steele Singers started the day with a upbeat set that had the crowd bouncing around. Loved the horses heads but didn't understand them at all. A great lead in to King Kahn.
King Kahn & The Shrines killed it. Just brilliant stuff. Even did a cover of 'Know Your Product' in honor of Brisbane i guess. Had the JSS horses on stage for that one as well. King Kahn was magnificent in his blue robe, underwear and the arse end of a bird stuck to his head. And of course shoeless, because Indians always remove their shoes before they do anything sacred.
The Editors were a bit of a comedown after that but next to The Bloc Party they are probably my favourite current English guitar band. The crowd went wild enough.
Meanwhile over at the other stage Grizzly Bear also sent the crowd wild though I'm physically unmoved by them. I enjoyed it but jeez, maybe they could take a minute halfway through to crank it up a bit? One speed gets a bit monotonous. They need more.
Karen O has the crowd in her hands. I'm down the front and there's lots of crowd noise but I had a good time thanks for asking.
Day 2 Verdict: 5 out of 5, half point off for Grizzly Bear [they need it] but half a point extra for King Kahn [he doesn't need it]. Got sunburned but some people bought me a beer. Hello to the Corner Crew from Splendour. I have many more stories for August.
John Steele Singers - Live @ Sunset Sounds - 07 Jan 2010
King Kahn & The Shrines - Live @ Sunset Sounds - 07 Jan 2010
The Editors - Live @ Sunset Sounds - 07 Jan 2010
Grizzly Bear - Live @ Sunset Sounds - 07 Jan 2010
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Live @ Sunset Sounds - 07 Jan 2010