2012 Culture Collide Festival: Day 3
Early in the evening, Origami’s intimate and impressive store of vinyls continued to host bands performing, such as Efrat Ben Zur of Israel, Moss of The Netherlands, and Ewert and the Two Dragons of Estonia. Meanwhile, the Swedish happy hour was happening down the street at the French restaurant Taix, and “The Church” hosted seemingly sacred and raw music by Mimes of Wine, Pageants, and Laetitia Sadier.
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Walking over to the Echoplex/the Echo, the music got more loud and funky as tunes from the local band The Delirians. This band consisted of a funk reggae group complete with a bassist dressed in 50’s attire with a white collared shirt and slicked back hair, a singer/guitarist with vocals and lyrics similar to the song “Shout!” by the Isley Brothers, and musicians on trumpet, sax, keys, and drums.
This band was not in the experimental/rock side commonly represented at this festival, but these guys sure did not disappoint and in fact broke the ice to have the whole floor dancing and shaking.
Following up a great performance with much improv solos was another very talented local band, Breakestra, complete with a singer whose voice was rich and soulful and backup multi-talented musicians consisting of trumpet, bari sax, tenor sax, and flute.
After a few songs, a woman with vocals beckoning for people to listen and dance in response sang a style similar to Aretha Franklin. These musicians transitioned smoothly from the previous 50’s funk band to Breakestra’s 60’s soul style.
Downstairs in the Echoplex, Icona Pop set the stage for everyone to get their party stomping shoes and jump up and down to their addictive beat drops. These two ladies from Sweden partnered as DJ’s in the center and then sang their sometimes voice-manipulated lyrics into nonstop smashing around in Doc Martens as they sang “I don’t care. I love it!”
They had a great energy and strong stage presence, working together as a two person team while captivating their audience with their artistic Bjork-like looks and expressions.
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Finishing the night on a high note, of Montreal (a band from Athens, Geogia and not Canada) drew in a larger crowd of die-hard fans. Some of the fans in the front were very ecstatic to see them with one saying, “I’ve seen them every time they came near Los Angeles.”
And one can see why as the lead singer, Kevin Barnes, was dressed like a modern Freddy Mercury in a bright red flourishing outfit with a "Clockwork Orange" touch of eyeliner steps on stage to begin their set.
The other band members dressed as colorfully and had the same giddy and playful energy that made it obvious they love what they do. During the performance, roadies dressed in spandex white and Spiderman costumes distributed balloons of all sorts to the crowd to add to the excitement.
The band of Montreal summed up the evening with playful quirkiness reinforcing everyone to break out of their comfort zone to dance and have a great time. From the local funk and soul bands to electropop dual dj’s to the glam rock, day three of Culture Collide proved a success in enjoying the night with nonstop dance.
Reach Staff Reporter Aislinn Glennon here.