2012 Culture Collide Festival: Day 2
Starting off the second day of the international indie festival of FILTER Magazine’s Culture Collide, the band Moss of the Netherlands played during the Swedish Happy Hour inside the front lounge of Taix in Echo Park.
Between the “free” beer for Culture Collide attendees and the rock sound of Moss, people both familiar and unfamiliar with this international band’s repertoire were tapping their feet and welcoming the band.
Away from the intimate but raucous venue of Taix, the singer Thomas Calder of The Trouble with Templeton from Brisbane, Australia beckoned in a large crowd at The Church across the Taix parking lot.
He sang with conviction and a roller coaster of highs and lows with the booming lyrics and fast guitar strumming to picking the strings softly and decrescending as a whisper to nothing. This artist’s songs fit quite well as an acoustic set with the church setting complete with old wooden pews and high ceilings.
Back into the roaring and fast-paced Taix, the band Huddle from Canada was all over the place as a bunch of happy-go-lucky guys having a lot of fun on stage. Their fans were just as excited and dancing a bit, which was more open and lively than the band Moss. They had a full set with guitar, bass, and drums, but also added another for keyboard and extra percussion to add more excitement.
On to the larger champagne room of Taix, Voxhaul Broadcast performed at a notch higher in terms of the level of sound coming out of their amps. They had the energy similar to Huddle, but their sound was also louder, rougher, and more psychedelic.
Lots of people of all backgrounds came to enjoy them as a personal favorite of Angelenos, as they have performed at popular places like Bloomfest LA and the Troubadour.
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Transitioning to an even more psychedelic rock was Magic Wands, whose singer Dexy Valentine had a Stevie Nix look to her with an opposing hipster on bass dressed with tight black jeans, ripped shirt, and beanie despite the heat from the crowd.
A great aspect of this festival was the close proximity of all the venues, which offered for a wide variety of indie/experimental musicians in compliment settings for the style of music. From the delicate acoustic setting in the church to the louder intimate setting of Taix, another venue that worked well within walking distance was the Echo/Echoplex just down the street for people to explore the bigger name bands.
Performing at the Echo, the band Sudden Weather Change from Iceland brought their experimental rock to the stage. While the sound and tuning was a bit off, the band members themselves were interesting to watch.
The guitar player looked like as if Napoleon Dynamite became a rockstar and the singer had beautiful hair down to his waist. They gave a good go at playing for unfamiliar listeners; their Icelandic accents helped hold audience interest.
In the same building on the Echoplex/Soterik stage, the New Orleans band Royal Teeth swept away the day’s worth of bands with their upbeat melodies sung by a gorgeous redhead girl and a 50’s hair alongside energetic guy creating entertaining chemistry on stage. My personal favorites of their set were “Wild” and the cover of “Heartbeats,” which singer Nora Patterson has the perfect seductive and power voice for.
School of Seven Bells followed next after a delay in setup, but they definitely also pleased the crowd. They brought out the psychedelic side with Alejandra Deheza leading on vocals dressed in modern sparkly hippie attire with large silver jewelry and matching silver painted mask around her eyes. They had a progressive sound also and had people moving to the entrancing sound.
Closing out the night, The Big Pink from the United Kingdom brought their rock attitudes and technical skills. They were the most “mainstream” band of the night due to their common transitions of buildups leading to breakout dances to loud guitar and drum rhythms mixed with a repetitive chorus like “These girls fall like dominoes, dominoes, dominoes.”
They also kept everyone’s energy up with the lead singer Daniel O’Sullivan getting everyone to clap and scream when asked. Their act was impressive for the unique setup of guitar, drums, and DJ, and they got the crowd to give it their all in dancing to the drops and repetitive chorus.
Overall, day two of Culture Collide provided some sound musicians from various countries, and festival attendees should look forward to more than this third day from the killer lineup for the main day on Sunday, October 7th, with bands Niki and the Dove, of Montreal, Icona Pop, and Bonde do Role performing.
Reach Staff Reporter Aislinn Glennon here.