The LKs were the first band I saw on Friday and I didn’t like them because: they kept falling slightly out of time with their loops, they didn’t really have any melodies, they seemed to take themselves more seriously than their sort of light-souled music should allow. They’re Swedish, just so you know.
Alphastates had the mitigating circumstances of having their drummer being away delivering a baby “somewhere far away”, but playing basically a full-on set just without drums doesn’t really work. Also, I don’t think I would’ve been into their “alt” thing very much anyway.
A Kid Hereafter is Danish and as a Swedish photographer said to myself and my friends “he is more about the entertainment than the music”. So I committed the cardinal sin against politeness by leaving the barrier right in front of the stage at Tripod during his third song after he had waved at me. I’m sorry, A Kid Hereafter, I just wasn’t into it.
Gavin Ryan was sort of a Nick Cave-lite. I saw the first half of his set but left after he said “this is a new song” and then played what is basically by this stage a template blues-jazz song about his baby or something like that. Did not capture my imagination at all.
The Radio weren’t great either. I wouldn’t have them in the minus category if I wasn’t expecting them to be really good, but that was the information I had. Their last song was a post-rock epic which I actually really liked, but their music was a little bit too “rock” to be as credible as it seemed to think it was.