Every set I saw at Audiofeed 2019 had things I enjoyed about it. However, there were a handful that captured my attention and will stick out in my mind about this year. I stuck to bands that were new-ish to me.
Salt Creek: I wasn’t feeling the greatest after I set up in the Radon Lounge to promote Tuned Up. I knew somewhat what to expect from this ambient rock group from Nebraska, but their sound was uplifting and brought me out of my heat and anxiety induced stupor. The full PA and lighting rig of Radon Lounge really fleshed-out the vibe this band is going for, and gave me new perspective. I couldn’t help but air drum along at points.
WORDS: I knew this would be good, with Jonny Gore of Least of These at the helm. “Wake” gave me a glimpse of WORDS but this show gave me the full vision of what it could be. I couldn’t name for you all of the members but seeing Brady Clifton of Ravenhill (a soulful blues rock group) rock out to some prog-post hardcore was pretty awesome. The word I would use to describe their sound is EPIC. In total, WORDS is a five piece onstage with dual vocalists and the energy is high all the time.
Idle Achiever: Tossing out the obvious twenty one pilots comparisons, these two dudes from Dayton are a duo be reckoned with. They added an unexpected dose of pop to the Front Porch last year catching everyone’s attention with their energy. In the Asylum, they stood out from their mostly metal counterparts in the tent, avoiding covers and performing a short but sweet set of their own material. Two spectators began to mosh at one point, and during that same song singer/keyboardist Noah hopped atop a speaker tower, much to the chagrin of the sound guy. I’ve had their song “Forever Alone!” stuck in my head since the festival. It’s good for crowd participation, too.
Gold, Frankencinse and Myrrh: When I arrived on the grounds many folks were taking notice of this band, who go by GFM for short. It was hard to miss the trio of sisters wandering the grounds in matching cheerleading outfits and sparkly makeup. Any questions about whether their look was a gimmick went away quickly in the Asylum, as they laid that place to waste with “beautycore,” their twist on the metalcore genre. The set was complete with a light show and smoke – that distinct pyro smell carried across the grounds. The show was an all encompassing experience that showed the girls mean business.
Ritt Momney: This unassuming bedroom pop artist was a left-field booking that had a lot of folks unsure what to expect, but he held the crowd in the Radon Lounge at rapt attention. He sat at a keyboard, headphones slightly askew, with an acoustic guitar on his lap even as he played the keys. It seemed like he was singing more to himself than the audience at times, but it had sort of an endearing effect.