There is nothing better than being truly swept off your feet by music you have no preconceptions of, well that’s exactly what Happyness did to me. Owing a lot of their sound to the likes of Sonic Youth (specifically Youth’s Anagrama EP) and Yuck, they combined beautiful melody with hugely dynamic drawn-out instrumentals. They’ve got a dream-poppy/shoegaze sound that doesn’t stand comfortable behind a wall of noise. Amazing gig, and now I’m hooked.
The Soft Walls is the psychedelic rock workings of frontman, Dan Reeves. Utilising the classic quad-band setup of drums, bass, two guitars and; oh wait, a child’s keyboard, The Soft Walls send you off into a state of total tranquillity as the drowning keyboards and endless rhythm swallows you whole.
Taking you back to a time before the electronic invasion of music, I love that place, and I love that Tuttle took me there. Aside from Doug’s phenomenal guitar playing, these dudes actually kept it pretty simple; knowing that the core essence of good music is song writing. Just beautiful two part harmonies and classic American rock.
Arguably the band most people had been waiting for, these Canadian rockers didn’t disappoint. Giving the crowd everything they would want from a Viet Cong set, there post-punk sound never gave a moments rest. High intensity, the awesome ‘Death’ to bring an end to the gig, and probably a hell of a lot more chest hair than one would ever imagine, all combined to make sure Viet Cong left their mark on this great weekend of memorable music.
Seeing out the end of POP REVO 2015 was surprise, surprise another post-punk band, I guess it makes sense to give the people what they love though, right? This magically intimate gig saw Copenhagen’s Total Heels coming down to ground level in Radar to immerse themselves with their observers. It was a beautifully loud moment that no one wanted to end, but like all good things it had to eventually; and with that end marked the end of another year for the people of POP REVO.