Los Angeles Historic State Park
September 2, 2012
*5 Great Reunited Bands at FYF 2012
*Octomom performs at FYF? WTF?
Expanding a music festival to two days can be a lofty, even risky task. It's twice the work, twice the amount of bands to keep happy and a gamble if fans will pay the significantly higher price tag. FYF Fest, the annual celebration of hip underground music old and new, expanded this year, and we gotta tip our hats to them. There were more high points than low points (and we're not talking about drugs here). Here's a list of some of the best and not-so-best moments of Sunday.
Though this band has at times been saddled with the emo moniker, their cohesion and musical competence belied the categorization. Their set was every bit as tight as it was impassioned. Known for complex arrangements, it was thrilling to hear multi-instrumentalist Patrick Newbery inject punk songs about love and concepts of a flawed God with rousing trumpet solos and keyboards programmed to sound at various times like a Hammond organ and a Fender Rhodes. Singer Tim Kasher's woeful moan sounded exactly as imperfect live as it does on record. The song “From the Hips” actually inspired chills when Kasher screamed the lyric “I wish we had never talked, our hips said it all.” Side note: Rilo Kiley front woman Jenny Lewis was spotted in the crowd during the set. She told the Weekly she was there showing support for her “Omaha bros.” –Brandon Ferguson
Cross was a good sport but made a few comments about how when he's asked to play a festival he asks if it's outside. “They say 'Yes, but it's tented!' Well guess what, this is outside.” Also: “It's not like comedy requires timing or subtlety or anything.”