By Rahim Ullah
Music Festival Observation #1: The music gets louder as the day goes on.
Music Festival Observation #2: Most food stalls and food trucks are out to get you.
Music Festival Observation #3: The bathrooms by the media tent have the shortest line.
Onward to the music.
Hailing from Newtown, Australia, DMA’s debuted this year with an EP and has already established a cult following. Like a lot of the new bands at Outside Lands, they haven’t gotten much press yet, so even trivial tasks like figuring out the band member’s names is difficult. If you’re like me and have a soft spot for indie British rock bands, you should check out DMA’s even though they aren’t British. “Delete” is their most popular song, but I like “Your Low.”
The next band I saw wasn’t even on the lineup. Hidden in the forest between Gastro Magic and Choco Lands, I stumbled upon Royal Jelly Jive.
They were playing in a stage sponsored by Juxtapoz Magazine, where all of the staff were in costume and made-up to resemble a cross between Captain Jack Sparrow and a circus clown. And they could play. Maybe I just appreciated that “San Francisco’s Finest Hard-Swingin’ Soul Jive” band were playing real instruments. Not a Macbook Pro in sight.
I was so impressed I even bought their CD. Now all I have to do is find a CD player…
After the pleasant surprise that was Royal Jelly Jive, it was time for the act I had been waiting all weekend for — St. Paul and The Broken Bones.
I’ve been listening to St. Paul and The Broken Bones on my way to work for a couple weeks now. My fellow music beat editor Ben, claims that they’re recorded work doesn’t really do them justice. I think he’s right. There’s no recording that can capture the soul that frontman Paul Janeway injects into the microphone. Three songs went by way too fast.
Lead singer Taylor Guarisco of GIVERS doesn’t like standing still. GIVERS hasn’t released an album since “In Light” (2011), but it doesn’t sound any less relevant. They’re a happy band, and they play happy music that’s hard not to dance to.
Benjamin Booker and his band aren’t what you would consider relaxed. Their music is hard and fast and it doesn’t let up. Booker’s raspy voice is unrelenting and always has somewhere to go. They’re a fairly young band and I can’t wait to see what they do next.
For me, Outside Lands 2015 ended with Sky Ferreira. I’m glad it did. Her song “24 Hours” off her latest album “Night Time, My Time” was my favorite. It’s very 90s. It’s big, it’s pop, it’s electronic. Is it Sky Ferreira? You tell me.
That’s all folks! Really that’s all.
And I’m out.
Contact Rahim Ullah at rahimu ‘at’ stanford.edu.