Kids still moshed despite the mellow sounds because, well, that’s what they came to do.
One of the weirder acts of the weekend, Thomas Fec (aka Tobacco, but also of Black Moth Super Rainbow) took to the Observatory stage wearing a baseball cap and a hoodie.
One of the bands I was really excited to see for the first time was the psych-drenched five-piece from Austin.
The dark and brooding synth troupe sounded like the jam-miness of Tomorrows Tulips mixed with the haunted spookiness of Tobacco.
They haunted the stage like southern ghouls and played a fantastic set.
My guess is it’s because they had a goofy stage setup consisting of paper-machete effigies with light up eyes.
Oh, and the eyes were all bloodshot — that’s because almost all of Fidlar’s songs are about drugs. Either way, they played a pretty tight set with a ton of energy — dressed in a surf normcore-meets-bro style, they looked like the kind of guys who might roofie their own drinks.
When I arrived at day one of Burgerama 4, the sun was still shining and a few of the OC’s finest (drunken high schoolers) were corralled by a dozen or so of the OC’s finest (motorcycle cops).
The youngsters were writhing around on the ground by the entrance without a care in the world — or at least at the moment — serving as a sort of Col. The vibe of Burgerama 4, Day One was OC kids-meet-music.There were also artists like Madlib — who was putting out records well before most of his fans were born — and, oddly enough, bands like Gang of Four — who were pretty much done making music before most of the attendees’ parents were out of college.It was a strange mix on Day One, and we’ll hustle through some of the ebbs and flows: Tomorrows Tulips was one of my must-see bands and totally fit with the sun-drenched feel that was so prevalent on the first day.The bleached blond three-piece gently wound their way through a brief set inside the Observatory.Though there were no real fireworks from the two tall, thin boys onstage, a few pretty stagehands tossed out balloons filled with glitter.If you’re looking for a complete list of music festivals in 2015, look no further.