The one band on Thursday I was most excited to see did not disappoint as Temples brought their English 60’s psychedelic to the farm for a raucous evening day one set. During their set I couldn’t help but draw comparisons to Tame Impala (whom we caught two years earlier on the farm) only a tad bit livelier. The crowd was amazing especially on the standout track “Shelter Song” which felt like the first big sing along of he weekend. Temples have come a long way in a very short period of time and the way they owned the early evening on Thursday solidified their status.
One of the most anticipated shows of this years installment of Bonnaroo, many wondered if Courtney Barnett could live up to the hype. Having just one full length to her credit, the brilliant “Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit” Barnett had more than enough material to fill her hour set. While This Tent had its sound challenges over the course of the weekend, Barnett’s show had no such issues. Bringing the less is more approach, Barnett’s three-piece band played raw unassuming rock in a lose manner while totally in control of the crowd. If there was any doubt that Barnett’s studio sound could translate to the live festival setting, she put those worries to bed. Courtney Barnett is pure rock and roll, quite possibly this generation Chrissy Hynde and one of the best shows of any festival this summer. Stand out tracks included “Elevator Operator” and “Canned Tomatoes”.
Another up and coming act that we were not familiar with, DMA’s blew away what few people showed up to The Other Tent early on Thursday evening. Playing their Australian brand of Brit-pop, DMA’s evoked feelings of listening to Oasis. Playing a strong lyrically sound set, these Ausies had us hooked from the first note. Stand out tracks included “Laced” and “Delete” (thanks Shazzam). DMA’s will continue to garner attention and it will be interesting to see how far they ascent.
Strand of Oaks