Thursday, February 27, 2014

Good Music And Feels

Words by Kix Suarez
Photos by Kris Rocha

Last Thursday, February 20, 2014 was Febfest’s second and final installation featuring the Brooklyn-based duo Buke and Gase, Trevor Powers’ fronted art project Youth Lagoon and American Indie Rock band The National. The Metro tent filled up quite nicely as it was big enough to be called a crowd but intimate enough to hear the artist’s quiet on stage. It was full but there was room to move and comfortably be taken over by the music of the night.

Buke and Gase was first up and opened later than the said time on the bill. It was no problem for the audience though; everyone was really still getting quite settled in or inebriated enough due to the traffic situation outside. Two seats and an unconventional instrumental set up were what greeted the audience.

The duo generated buzz from their use of handmade instruments such as the "toe-bourine;" the "buke," a six-string former-baritone ukulele; and the "gase," a guitar-bass hybrid. Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez killed their set with mostly unfamiliar tunes to most of the crowd. However, It was refreshing to see a crowd that welcomed the duo’s music. With the influx of more independent artists coming to the country, it seems that the Filipino concertgoer has started to be more open to new music and its other translations.

Judging by the scream and enthusiasm as the band stepped on to the stage, Youth Lagoon was clearly a crowd favorite. It was a light show more than anything as Youth Lagoon preferred to stay in the shade as they played.

The Boise, Idaho group opened their set with Mute and threw in a slew of new and old favorites such as Sleep Paralysis, Through Mind and Back, Cannons, Pelican Man, Raspberry Cane, July, Daisyphobia for their Filipino fans to revel in. The minimalist and hypnotic ambience of their tracks filled the room with a somber and quiet embrace -- Lovers kissed and held hands while the heartbroken seemed to tear up sutures of freshly mended wounds and scars. (how’s that for closure.)

Things heated up as finally the band everyone was really looking forward to seeing that night came on to the stage. From the beginning though, it didn’t seem like a concert really but more of a dialogue; A heart to heart conversation with an old friend over alcohol and in between fits of rage.

The Ohio formed but now Brooklyn based indie rock band opened their set with Don’t Swallow That Cap. Matt Berninger sips from his drink and let’s out the violence through song. His troubled baritone voice fills the room with such intensity; the crowd is practically dismantled as feelings and disbelief rush in to their veins. They are taken aback and left in awe to the sound of quiet rage. Throughout the set it was as if Berninger was about to give out. As if the only reasonable thing to do next is to destroy everything in his way.

By the end of the 20 song set, Berninger emptied out his bottle and finally does a quiet song. Much like a gentle kiss goodbye from an ex lover, the band comes together and trades their plugged instruments for a couple of mics and acoustic guitars. They sing Vanderlyl Craybaby Geeks. As soon as it’s over, they bid the crowd farewell.

The only thing the audience wanted was more but then again leaving it at the last track seemed to end things on a nice note.

Hopefully, this fest becomes a yearly thing. It was a great two Thursday festival of good music and feels. We can’t wait for what they have next.

FEBFEST 2014 was brought to you by Ynos and Randomminds Production.





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