Just a quick post on Wanderland, the music festival that happened on May 17th. I had no intentions of going, but changed my mind because I wanted to see The Drums again! I saw them in 2012 for Laneway and it made me such a big fan of theirs. I actually got to do a phone interview with Jonny Pierce (vocals) for Supreme, which you can read here. In case you wanna!
Anyway, the Wanderland set-up was so goooood. I normally detest festivals (lola at heart), but there were so many things in Wanderland that made it such a good venue. There were carnival-type games, which in my opinion could have been more improved to look more festive and inviting, and a shitload of food stalls, and a non-PortaPotty restroom for people who do not feel like peeing in an upright coffin. The design and detail of everything made my graphic designer heart feel all fluttery. I didn’t get to take a lot of photos, but my friend Reena’s Instagram has a few photos of the little details.
Last Dinosaurs. I caught them at Camp Symmetry, after which they apparently flew here (didn’t get to see them), and I guess now they are back. The frontman is the kyotest thing we ever did see. I don’t really know a lot of their songs, but they did a fun cover of The Strokes’ “What Ever Happened.”
I also did a phoner with The Royal Concept’s frontman, David Larson, which you can read here. I first heard their song that was on Glee (“On Our Way”), but the rest of their songs sound vaguely Phoenix-y. They riled up the crowd so much, though. And he took off his shirt, lol.
Architecture in Helsinki was so fun. I really liked their old sound better, though. I do not connect with the new stuff in the same way as I did with their old stuff, so I’m glad they played some old songs, too. Still, they were super fun to watch and I love how their outfits were so coordinated.
No photos of The Drums because I was way too busy dancing. I love you, Jonny Pierce. I love how their songs sound so fun and happy, when the lyrics are so dark. I know this sounds creepy, but I often wonder about Jonny’s (and Jacob’s) life. It seems so heavy and sad, but he still gives a freaking great performance. He was so sweet, too. After every few songs, he finds something really sweet to say to the crowd and I just love him so much. He’d be laughing to himself a lot and when he was gesturing that it was so hot, the crowd began chanting “TAKE IT OFF!!!” and he was like O_O because, really.
They did an awesome encore of “Down By the Water” and “The Future,” which was so good. After the last words, Jonny said thanks and left the stage as the rest of the band played on. It was such a great note to leave on and I really hope he meant it when he said he wanted to come back. I think I’d watch them play forever and ever and ever and ever and ever.
Congratulations to Karpos, who to my knowledge was started by a bunch of kids. Such a great inspiration. I can’t even begin to imagine pulling off something like this, even now as an old(er?) person.
Originally posted in May 2014.
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