So, Danzig’s set at Fun Fun Fun Fest managed to make it onto Rolling Stone; makes me feel even better I checked out Passion Pit. Of course, Slayer better not let me down tomorrow, or I’ll be really ticked.
Anyway, onto today’s festivities. I got in around 3pm and went right to the black stage to check out The World Inferno / Friendship Society (like any self respecting punkish band, gotta have a crazy name). I really enjoyed these guys and gals, the music was upbeat and catchy (a lot like Murder City Devils). I was disappointed they only got about 45 minutes to play.
Next, I jumped over to the blue stage to listen to Wugazi. Now, I’m still not so sure what to think of them — mixing Fugazi with Wu-Tang is a great idea. I just don’t see much interaction with the band to the audience. It’s like you’re queuing up a playlist and then just letting them listen to your stuff. I respect that it is cool and it is catchy, but I really couldn’t get into it as much as I would have liked.
After Wugazi, I made it over to the orange stage and watched Ra Ra Riot. They’re music was interesting but I couldn’t make out any of their lyrics since they were pushed far down in the mix. I can’t really say what songs they played since this was my first exposure to them, but they were definitely worth listening to, even if they weren’t my favorite. After them, M83 came up and they had a very 80s vibe to them for some reason. Not saying it was bad, it was just different after having all this other type of music come up to get this, it was a shock. I didn’t listen to them too hard because their music kinda faded into the background, which is I suppose, how I’d listen to them — in the background as I’m doing something more important.
At this point, none of the bands playing really interested me enough to watch them and I was getting pretty hungry as well. And this brings me up to a very sore point about Fun Fun Fun Fest: getting food there is a pain in the ass! I thought about seeing Kool Keith but in the end, I just sat around the half-pipe half listening to the black stage waiting for Hot Snakes to come on.
Another funny point, Fun Fun Fun Fest moved up the times on the black stage. Even though Cave-In was supposed to start playing close to 7pm, they started playing 20 or so minutes earlier so I missed watching them as I was standing in line for Kebobalicious. I would have liked to have been closer to them, but food was much more important to me at the time. By the time I finally got my food, Hot Snakes was about to start.
And now, one of the reasons I bought tickets in the first place: Hot Snakes. Hot Snakes played a large amount of songs from all their albums and ended their set with about some songs from Audit in Progress: Braintrust, Hi-Lites, Think about Carbs, and Plenty for All. Amusingly, a little girl (like 3 or 4 years old) got loose on their stage and began running around the stage to the music and during the last song helped the drummer out. The fact the kid running around didn’t phase them was great cause I think it would sure have heck annoyed me.
Finally, I ended the night with Spoon on the orange stage. Thanks to the black stage running 20 minutes quicker than normal, I got to catch all of Hot Snakes and Spoon’s sets. Spoon, of course, is one of Austin’s own striking it big and a hometown hero. And after listening to them I can tell exactly why they are considered a home town hero — live they are great and you can tell their music is awesome and not all studio magic. They can play and sing and do it all well.
Day two was a great day and now, I’m looking forward to Slayer tomorrow night. It should be totally metal.