Sunday, August 8, 2010

Lolla: Grizzly Bear, Royal Bangs, Social D

Once again, I couldn't really get into Grizzly Bear. It's another of those bands that everyone seems to love that I just don't like. Arcade Fire, one of the headliners Sunday night, falls in that same category.

So, I didn't stay for Grizzly Bear long, instead venturing over to see a band called the Royal Bangs. I honestly went to see them because a) they were close and b) I liked their name.

I was pleasantly surprised to listen to them. A three-piece (drums, guitar, keys), the band punky and loud with some melody and thump. Reminded me of a punk version of Manchester Orchestra.

After that, I got some chicken fingers and bounced over to secure a good spot for Social Distortion (and later Green Day). In that commotion, I listened to a bit of AFI and only really liked the two songs I know from that band.

Social Distortion put on a good show. They're a punk band, but it's like slow punk. It was pretty much the same show I saw at Sokol several months ago. But still good.

The cover songs kept rolling in (never seen this many at a festival) with Social D playing "Under My Thumb" by the Rolling Stones and then their usual version of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire."

Then it was time to wait for Green Day. I could hear Slightly Stoopid in the background, but nothing really stood out. For me, it was a time to sit on the grass and rest for an hour.

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