FYF Fest Day One: Breeders, FLAG, Yeah Yeah Yeahs - 8/24/13 (PHOTOS)
Day 1 at Los Angeles' FYF Fest was pretty hectic. Yeah Yeah Yeahs headlined, closing out the first night of the fest opposite of Death Grips. The action packed day also featured rare performances by The Breeders, FLAG, Thee Oh Sees, The Locust, and many more.
All photos by Melissa Fossum. The Breeders
The festival was divided into four stages, all named after Sex and the City characters. The Carrie stage featured the festival's larger names--Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on he Radio, The Breeders, etc. Charlotte featured smaller bands that were still pretty eclectic, including STRFKR, Toro Y Moi, and Metz. The Miranda stage was mostly dedicated to punk, with the notable exception of Death Grips, and Samantha's tent was the dance stage.
The set time conflicts were minimal, depending on tastes. I was a little bummed that The Breeders and Title Fight shared the same time slot, but the three or so minutes I spent listening to the melodic punk band sounded good.
The eagerly anticipated Breeders reunion was one of the best sets of the day.
The band, comprised of all of its original members, performed Last Splash in full in honor of the album's 20-year anniversary. It was probably expected for the band to open with "New Year," the first track from the album, but instead, the group covered Guided By Voices' "Shocker in Gloomtown."
A very cheery Kim Deal stuck to business, quickly moving on to the Last Splash tracks. Before singing crowd favorite "Cannonball," she blew a whistle. Even though The Breeders haven't actively performed in quite awhile, the songs sounded just as great as their recorded counterparts.
The Deal sisters looked content on stage, frequently flashing smiles (in contrast to Josephine Wiggs' stoic look). The only other band that rivaled an overall feeling of joy was FLAG.
The Black Flag reunion group comprised of Keith Morris, Dez Cadena, Chuck Dukowski, Bill Stevenson, and Stephen Egerton (of Descendents fame), performed a lengthy set that followed the same format of the band's Punk Rock Bowling set.