On recommendation from Matt and Pitchfork, I headed up to the set by The Men as the opener of the day. The four-piece was a stoic bunch, not saying much, but they cranked out a fantastic rock brew. The sound, while still distinctly and definitely rock, was grounded in optimism; although the vocalist relied mainly on yelling, the set still felt upbeat. Their sound is aggressive, but not rebellious; powerful, but not angry. It's the type of rock I'm most fond of, so I had a great time watching the non-descript four-piece hammer out their tunes. Because they didn't say much to distinguish between their songs, the set moved quickly and the crunchy tunes were over all too quickly. It was a strong set from the bunch, who have just released a new album called Open Your Heart.
Continuing our rock day, we headed over to the stage where Cloud Nothings were banging out the last of their set. In stark contrast to The Men, their set was angry, rebellious and dissonant; it was no less engaging, but it was certainly of a different timbre. We caught the last song, but even from one tune it was easy to see that Dylan Baldi and company are a tight, hard-working group. I'd like to catch a full set of theirs in the future.
Photos by Matt Carney