Hey San Francisco, remember summer? You know, that thing with all the heat and the sunscreen and the Blue Angels? It wasn’t that long ago—just two weeks, in fact—that summer was still in full swing, and the inaugural Summersalt Music Festival took place at Fort Mason, providing a great soundtrack to Fleet Week’s airshow.
There were so many great shows—and photos—at this festival (organized by Eye Heart SF) that it took two articles to do it justice. This is part one.
Its too bad that the bay area’s own Mister Loveless took the stage first, it really is—since the majority of the crowd had yet to arrive. The moody quartet are equal parts Echo & The Bunnymen and Nick Cave, but what makes them so great to listen to is that they absolutely don’t come off sounding like a copy. Their music is a sonic experience, and its hard to believe they haven’t gotten their big break yet.
It probably goes without saying that Mister Loveless usually favors dark, sweaty clubs, and did sort of look out of their element in the bright, early afternoon sunlight.
“Most of our fans are still in bed right now,” admitted vocalist/guitarist Rob Miller. “We’d still be in bed if we weren’t here–we even didn’t drink last night so that we could get up on time to play!”
Talking to Rob’s father after the show, however, Your Examiner learned that Rob & co. did actually drink the night before. Hearing this felt comforting somehow. Don’t change who you are, boys!
Next up was Audiodub, a three-piece rock/ska/reggae/punk outfit based in San Francisco. Their California-infused style, influenced by the the likes of Sublime, 311 and Slightly Stoopid, was a great fit as the afternoon grew warmer (and the beer began to flow freely). Here’s a piece of trivia for you: although Audiodub seems to be about all things Northern and Southern California, the band actually formed in Oregon! Take that, Oregon.
The trio recently finished and is currently promoting their third album, Love No More (a record release party is planned for December 3rd at the Elbo Room), and rocked Summersalt just as the air show took flight over the bay.
Luckily they didn’t need to turn up the sound much to mask those low-flying fighter jets!
Lets admit it: K.Flay (Kristine Flaherty) looks totally unassuming, at first glance. As she set up on stage, you’d never know she is a whirling dervish of beats—a rapping, singing, guitar-playing witty dynamo. Simply put (and Your Examiner admits that she may be fairly late to the party on this one): wow. K.Flay is unbelievably talented at every part of her musical process, and it is near impossible to stop listening or look away once she starts to perform.
What else to say about this truly excellent set? OK, here: singing songs about, for instance, mental health (and incorporating the names of nearly every current psychiatric drug in her perfectly beatmatched lyrics—from one psychology major to another, that song was awesome!), and rapping over Decemberists samples are just two of the ways in which K.Flay’s creativity and talent will blow your mind. If you get the chance to see her perform, take it! Do not pass go or take $200—just go.
Check out the photo gallery for shots of Mister Loveless, Audiodub and K.Flay, and read part 2 for talk of the Blue Angels, plus dance mayhem with Butterfly Bones and Music For Animals.