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Osheaga: Day 3

Posted by Theo / August 1, 2011

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T'was a rather short day for me at Osheaga yesterday, but I did have the chance to catch a number of acts during the few hours I was there. I walked out of Metro Jean-Drapeau into glorious sunshine, manageable humidity and the jangly sounds of Frightened Rabbit's telecasters emanating from the Scène de la Montagne.

The Scottish band's music is made for this type of festival - passionate, melodic, up-tempo, and big sounding. It reminds me of what U2 used to be before abandoning those first two elements back in the early 90s.

Frightened Rabbit's performance was the perfect introduction to this year's festival and was, in fact, my favourite of the day. In contrast, Eels, who followed on the Scène de la Rivière, had a sound that was more suited to a smaller, club-type atmosphere. Their performance, while technically sound, did not project well, falling with a heavy thud onto the gravel of the park grounds.

Towards the end of Eels' set, I moseyed on over to the Scène Verte to catch Chicago's Smith Westerns. Once there, it was easy to see why the stage was given its name, as it seemed that a great deal of the sound board's power was generated from a cool looking solar array. There was even a power bar attached providing juice for those who had drained their phones texting how great Frightened Rabbit were (assuming they remembered their chargers).

Despite drums and bass drowning out the lead vocals, Smith Westerns performed well, their mix of hazy pop and glam the perfect accompaniment to relaxing on bleachers with a beverage.

Heading back over to the Scène de la Montagne, I checked out the start of The Sounds' set. To be frank, I do not care for their music. I think most of my aversion stems from the lead singer's lifeless voice and faux-rock posturing, but I also dislike the staid melodies and overly manicured production.

Hoping (in vain) for something decent sounding to come out of the Sounds' amplifiers, I stayed dry-mouthed and uncomfortable under the hot sun until just before the start of The Luyas' set at the Scène des Arbres. To help time pass more quickly, I reapplied sunscreen frequently and found that if there was ever a combination of things that do not make you look like a greased-up hog, it's copious amounts of sunscreen and sweat.

The Luyas provided a welcome respite to both the sun and The Sounds, providing a collection of quirky and very well drummed songs under a canopy of trees. Their sound was both muscular and delicate, mixing minimalist song structures and interesting melodies with more experimental elements.

I ended my day back at Scène Verte to catch The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. To quote the incomparable Randy Jackson, "it was a little pitchy, dog." I really have little else to say about them as my attention was once again drawn to the solar panels. I wrote in my notebook, "pretty awesome."

As I left Osheaga, walking past the main gate towards the metro and listening to strains of the nasal-voiced MC from Cypress Hill shouting out to his gothic font-tattooed fans, I was reminded of the ability of music festivals to bring together disparate groups of people looking to listen to music both great and mediocre whilst drinking. To this degree, Osheaga was a complete success.

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