Dispatch from Bumbershoot 5

photo by josh; bumbershoot photoset [flickr]

Our friends over at the Times’ Bumberblog managed to get to the Monotonix show before it got shut down and have already posted pictures. When I talked to the Exhibition Hall staff about it, they said that the reason for the shut down was that it was too dangerous, and perhaps also because one or the other of the guys pulled down his pants. I don’t know what else you can expect from a band who sets its things up on the floor rather than the stage. I guess now they know.

Considering how that went, I’m a little surprised that they let Dan Deacon set up on the floor as well, but I guess it helped that the house lights were on. I know that a lot of people enjoy Dan Deacon, but his whole ‘let’s-hold-hands-and-play-games-together’ thing makes me really uncomfortable. Some day, Dan Deacon is going to start a cult. Nonetheless, the crowd was completely into it, doing whatever the man instructed with total commitment and vim. He’s like the shinier side of Monotonix’s crowd compulsion dynamics.

I’ve been telling you for a while to go and see Black Eyes and Neckties, and now that I have seen them myself (twice in one day), I can say that I really mean it. Even with the lead vocalist in a wheelchair they put in a performance unlike any I’ve seen in a very long time. They jumped on and off of things, broke things, climbed on to and over each other, played from the floor, and made me constantly wince because I was sure that they would hurt themselves. I don’t want to keep comparing them to the Murder City Devils, but I can’t stop.

Battles are definitely robots. I am more convinced each time I see them. I closed out the festival with hometown boys Minus the Bear, who sound better than they have in years. I think I like them most out in the open.

Goodbye, Bumbershoot. See you next year.

3 Comments so far

  1. Jeff (jeffreyscott3007) on September 2nd, 2008 @ 10:01 am

    I half expected a rowsing game of "duck, duck, goose" to break out, but it was still pretty fun. His calculated sillyness can be a bit much, but who else can get an entire crowd to hold a dance-off competition?

  2. samantha on September 2nd, 2008 @ 11:15 am

    I have a deep and abiding love for dance-offs, which I believe should be used more often to solve wars of all kinds, but Dan Deacon is just a little too creepily unhinged for me. Someday he’s going to snap and start eating those kids.

  3. alejo699 on September 2nd, 2008 @ 4:07 pm

    We left a ho-hum performance by Death Cab in time to catch the last couple of songs by Black Eyes and Neckties and collectively wished we’d seen them from the beginning. Bought their CD right after the performance. Nutty goodness.

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