So some people may be aware that I went to my first ever festival outside of the UK. This may well be a small step for a lot of you but for me it was one huge step me. especially considering I havent really done any traveling before. So whats the best way for me to feel comfortable in a place I dont really know well by going to festival ofcourse.
It took me ages to decide on which festival to go for, but I settled for Primavera, as I had heard quite a few good things about it and looking at the Line-up that boasted Mudhoney, Refused, Dirty 3 and the Cure amongst its many varied line-up.
I thought would report back on the new finds I loved at festival, because you are probably sick of me gloating about how good Refused were. Lets face it they were incredible, I mean anyone who can put that much energy into a performance. it was the musical equivalent of watching a Catherine wheel exploding. Or about how Mudhoney made me feel like a kid locked in a candy shop, shaking because of having a sugar overdose.
Everyone’s going to writing about the big bands completely ignoring the unknown entities of the local Spanish bands. So that’s what I am going to be focussing in on.
Pretty much the first band I saw at Primavera, they kind came flying out of the traps likes Spains answer to Battles, Three Trapped Tigers and And So I Watch You From Afar. The first three minutes of their set was basically them covering heads in Tin Foil making Temporary masks slash helmets with unicorn horns, before picking up their instruments and going completely mental.
Pegassvs are an indie Kraut boy girl duo, with more than an essence of nouve cool. you know the kind of thing the likes of Still Corners are chucking around at the moment, like a chugged up version of Broadcast with a squeeze of Stereolab just to make it that little bit dreamy and yet grovey as hell.
Ocellot played an afternoon show in the Park de Cuitadella which was just opposite the Arc Del Triomf. Psychedelic playfulness were perfect for the afternoon Sun on the Sunday. With a singer that kind of sounded and looked like a young spanish Edwyn Collins. I could feel myself getting lost in the whole dreamy walls of psychedelia, it was like as if I was being taken back in time by Trevor and Simons Time Machine.
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I watched this band purely because I was fascinated by the name, I didn’t know what I was going to be getting, I guess I was thinking it was going to be pretty heavy. you would be forgiven for thinking that they were a metal band, but no they are kind of like Spains answer to Real Estate and Guided By Voices, they even did a Guided by Voices cover that they sang entirely in Spanish.
lastly but not least was Nacho Vegas who was Spains answer to Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits mixed together. With Nacho it was a case of right place right time as he was playing to the grandiose setting of the Arc Del Triomf just before Yann Tiersen and the mother of all thunder storms. I could feel myself being emotionally moved despite not understanding the lyrics, it was just the fact that everyone around me was singing all the words back at him, this made his set one of the main highlights of Primavera.