Enthused from my surprise experience of Sleep Bellum Sonno, I proceeded to strike out twice with Deer Tick (too crowded) and Typhoon (lost? again?). Having sensed a theme for the day, I turned my feet toward the venue of the band I had scoped out as a must for the day: Adebisi Shank.
Their set was at the Music from Ireland stage, so I settled in for several Irish bands. O Emperor played lilting, breezy pop that was reminiscent of The Thrills and other charming indie pop bands. It wasn't world-changing, but it wasn't bad either. Heavy metal act Lafaro changed the mood significantly, throwing down some very impressive old-school metal. Fittingly, one of the guitarists was wearing an Iron Maiden t-shirt. If you like the chugga chugga without all of the drama and theatrics that have been attached to metal as of late, you'll like Lafaro.
Sweet Jane changed the mood again, playing a set of female-fronted psych and rock. Their tunes warmed up the audience for the reason I was there.
The three-piece Adebisi Shank (pictured) took the stage, and I mean they really took the stage. Their energetic, complex, fun instrumentals translated to the guitarist and bassist jumping around, swinging guitars, throwing their bodies across stage and making crazy faces. Their tunes sounded immaculate, which is incredible for a guitarist, bassist and drummer who were all going nuts while playing their technically difficult (but still optimistic) music.
The band's energy and enthusiasm spilled out of the venue; the masked bassist vaulted over the railing to the outside of the building and played half of a song to the audience standing outside. It was the piece de resistance on a brilliant show; I'm sad that Ireland is across an ocean from us, as it may be a while before they grace America again. Hopefully someone can convince them to come to Oklahoma.