Unfortunately, I missed AkoufèN as the show at St. Alban’s Church with Last Ex, Evening Hymns and Scattered Clouds went a little late. Then we skated to House of TARG, you can read about that show here. On the plus side, I got some exercise on the beautiful Rideau Canal and made it in time to see for the ghastly local Ouija rockers The Yips.
With the fog machine set to overdrive, people gathered near the front of the stage to get ready for The Yips. The band opened up with “Repeater,” the first song off their latest release Air Loom. They played a couple of other older songs like the crowd favourite “Pointe Dume,” “Blood Meridian” and “Sadie,” but this night was all about new material. I’m pretty sure I heard two new songs and really liked some of the subtle differences from the band’s previous stuff. The latest edition that really struck me was “Go Go Gaya,” which had some really interesting guitar work with a little Spanish/latin flare. It was also great to see some rave ghosts out in the crowd – three to be exact.
With a new day firmly started, it was time for the weird, the experimental, and the frenetic stylings of Fet.Nat. If you are someone that is into strange and unconventional musical styles, then Fet.Nat will really strike you in the right way. They opened the set with a blasting saxophone solo and worked their way towards the whole band joining into the organized chaos that is “Destrier Destroyer.” Led by the energetic JF No and including members of Last Ex/Timber Timbre and Scattered Clouds, Fet.Nat penetrated our collective consciousness until we were all plugged in, and made us rethink everything we thought we knew about music. A few songs in the energy was so infectious and radiant that the large MEGAPHONO banner hanging behind the band fell during the frenzy. Members of Fet.Nat didn’t even acknowledge the occurence, they just kept up the tempo and hit us with “Cross-Check (Anatomique Voyage)” off of their latest album Poule Mange Poule.
What a first night for a festival in its first year of being. Can’t wait to experience the rest of MEGAPHONO.