The Big Up Festival went down last week from August 8th-10th at Hemlock Hollow Farm in Claverack, NY. Unfortunately, I had another shoot I could not miss on Saturday, so I had to skip the sets on the 10th. With that said, I did manage to catch up with Dopapod, Escort and FiKus. Full interviews will be coming along this week and next week. Although some rain did manage to take over much of Friday, the weekend was an overall success and the music was pretty damn phenomenal.
Elephant Wrecking BallThis dubbed out trio of accomplished musicians has been making a name for themselves in the North East since 2009. Comprised of Scott Flynn on Trombone (John Brown’s Body), Neal Evans on drums (Dopapod), and Dan Africano on bass(Nicky Egan, Cashed Fools), their sound will have you wanting much more. Neal Evans described the name of the band to us as meaning that he and Dan Africano are the wrecking ball of the band, while Scott is the Elephant leading the charge. For more info check out: elephantwreckingball.com
For more info check out: fikusband.com
When I walked out of the woods after checking out that stage, I came upon Lespecial. I was entranced by their acid rock riffs into dancey jam sessions. Here’s some Lespecial for you to check out:
Lazer Sex is pretty aptly named when you hear their music. A combination of funky dance grooves with synth beats, these guys tore it up playing just before Dopapod took the stage. Here’s some of their tunes:
Rob, Eli, Chuck and Neal are probably some of the most talented, fun loving dudes that I have come across in the festival scene. Every time I meet up with these guys, they have some crazy story to tell me.
We actually met up with our super funky buddies, keep an eye out for the interview this week and you’ll get to hear about Chuck almost dying the night before Big Up, Dopadosio and what the guys think Dopapod would look like if the band were a singular lady.
For more info check out: dopapod.com
Gotta be honest, I had heard a lot of Hype about Gigamesh. I just was not impressed. To be honest I am almost positive that the monitors on stage were louder than the actual speakers for the crowd. Very disappointing, when your DJing you want that music so loud you can feel it shaking your insides.
Cosmic Dust Bunnies
Cosmic Dust Bunnies are another one of those North East jam bands that I wish was in the southern jam circuit. Their jammed out dance tunes were not what I was expecting. Definitely check out the link below to hear these CT natives tunes.
For more info check out: elektrickave.com/cosmic-dust-bunnies.html
When you get write down to it, Palmeri hit that description on the head, especially when you take the bands names meaning into account. Timbre [tam-ber]: the characteristic quality of sound produced by a particular instrument or voice; tone color. Coup [koo]: a sudden successful, unexpected stroke, act or move; a hostile takeover.
For more info check out: Kungfumusic.com
Escort is crazy good. Like seriously amazing. This 17-piece group has mastered the perfect revival sound of the bygone disco era. Combining super funky disco grooves with MGMT-esque synths, the crowd at any festival is sure to go bananas over their set.
Check out some of their tunes here: weareescort.com
Holy Fuck absolutely blew my mind. These Canadian natives make improvised prog-rock dance beats that would be hard to classify into the dance genre. Oddly enough I feel that some of the influences I hear in their music include the likes of underground cult legends Broken Social Scene, Ghostland Observatory and Converge.
These Canadian natives make improvised prog-rock dance beats that would be hard to classify into the dance genre. Oddly enough I feel that some of the influences I hear in their music include the likes of underground cult legends Broken Social Scene, Ghostland Observatory and Converge.
Once again, I feel the hype of an awesome band originally turned me off from them.
I had heard all sorts of great things about these guys. Seeing them live though is more than just going to a show. Its a performance of improvisation that works so unbelievably well that these guys are sure to make a huge imprint on music today.
For more info check out: holyholyfuckfuck.tumblr.com
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Day 3(Photos by August J.Photography)
My buddy August took some incredibly amazing photos over the weekend. Since I missed out on Saturday I thought I would share some of the highlights from August’s set of photos. Check out his amazing work at: augustjphoto.com
For more info check out: thebigup.com