All photos by Clint Miller
We got a later start yesterday than I would have liked and didn’t make it to Corndogorama until The Goldest began their set. I loved their EP, but in previous occasions thought their live show was a bit lacking. This time they sounded really good.
I got some lunch at the Australian Bakery, which has served as our Corndog home base for escaping the heat and grubbing, and then caught Sonen. Their set at last year’s corndog was lackluster, but this year it was not enjoyable at all. The vocals were very loud in the mix, and these two so called “vocalists” have no business singing. It was hard to even give the music underneath much of a chance with how bad the vocals were.
Next, Nomen Novum played one of the better live sets I’ve seen them do. They started out with some guitar loop build up songs and then moved to more electronic stuff near the end. While the duo churned out the tunes, they were joined by a dancer for this set who even contributed some neat sound effects using blades of grass.
Next up was Electric Cycles, one of the few bands on the lineup I was unfamiliar with, and they played some retro rock n roll garbage. They were jumping around and playing their instruments well, but their music is so lame and cliche’ to me.
Ocha La Rocha played the main stage next, and it sounded like Black Crowes meets Widespread Panic, which is way outside of my enjoyment range. If you read this blog regularly, you already know my disdain for all of this boring retro-crap, so I’ll spare you.
Things picked up with Club Awesome playing a typically great set. Definitely a band worth enduring the oppressive heat.
Then Thy Mighty Contract played next and they seem to get better every time I see them. Such a perfect amalgamation of style and talent. I totally heart this band.
Sealions played next on the side stage, and they sounded really good. They sort of remind me of Summerbirds In The Cellar with less ardor. This three piece has a lot of potential and I’m thrilled about the prospect of their first full length album dropping sometime this year.
Wizard Smoke was a sludgy metal band that managed to be brutal and silly at the same time. It was a fun change-up for the fest, but nothing going on here I haven’t seen a thousand other bands do.
As the Corndog eating contest got set up, the crowd was inundated by a terrible country cover band called Sinners and Songriders. I really enjoy Antic Clay‘s solo works, so it was a shame to see him playing in this format. Then the crowd packed around in front of the stage to witness the Corndog contest.
I caught a tiny bit a Hawks thrashing things and then left the fest for a short refueling break. When I came back, I was disappointed with realizing that I got The Subsonics and Dropsonic mixed up, and it turned out the one I didn’t like was playing. So I went to The Earl and got a drink before enduring some pretty uninspired music from The Empties. After that, Noot d’ Noot went on the main stage and played the standout set of the day. The ten piece jammed out a funky dance party that ended way too early. It took me a while, but I’m squarely on their bandwagon now.
Afterwards I tried to listen to The Judies, but they were terrible. Since I don’t like The Howlies or Modern Skirts, and the rain began pouring down, the rest of the night disintegrated into a blur of booze and bars. Now that I have almost recovered, it is time to take on the second half.
- Posted by Davy Minor on June 28, 2009 at 1:10 pm