So, how's your Blowout?
Apologies for how inarticulate this is... -
What I saw of Pigeon: Fast, intense, potent, loud - shred-rock with melody, blurring guitars with intricate noodling.
Randy (Deastro/Mirror Image) showcased songs as SX-8-Columbia - which, a quick trip here seems to denote that this is the new or alternate name for the Deastro-writing - back to his original set up of just-him-and-his-robots/computers, but darker, subdued melodies and bass-heavy synths - ...the more darkwave-leaning goth style of Chabot's recent kick - as opposed to Mirror Image's leaning towards C-86 styles.
Caught the end of Swamp Sisters - sunny steppin' minimalist guitar-pop, well done, fine melodies - (of course, that's through a song-and-a-half).
Bars of Gold - recalls that tired refrain of pondering aloud - that you're absolutely baffled that a band this freakishly good is tucked away in the corners of Hamtramck, a grade A, prime performance exceeding typical Blowout expectations - great to see Brandon back in town, on drums.
Black Lodge - this set was what Blowout is all about..., simply because the name of the festival perfectly describes the set - a parade of guests, including Troy Gregory and Jesus Chainsaw Massacre (the latter having a complete night of contributing noise or music to every performance they attended.) While the band held it down locking in tight with freak-funk/post-punk, singer Kyle was able to put on a clinic of frontman/showmanship - spilling yelling charming flaiilng - fucking rocked it...