Experimental garage duo Gauntlet Hair was next, rounded out by another guitarist and bassist. Despite their strange name they had a great, and also great energy. They were spunky, irreverent, and seemed to be exactly the same on stage as they would be off. Drummer Craig Nice had a mostly electronic kit, and guitarist/vocalist Andy R. sang with mouth wide over his garage-gaze guitar riffs. They have a bunch of videos you can check out on their website.
A Place to Bury Strangers – wow. I haven’t been to a show so good in both their performance and the ambiance they created since Himalaya at Pianos. The energy remained the same but changed the whole mood to be a dark and sexy rabbit hole. The band had all the wall of sound anyone could ask for, plus well-timed lighting and fog. At one point, during what was perhaps the climax of the entire show, guitarist Oliver Ackermann triggered a strobe light at the exact moment the entire band broke their own psychedelic barrier to reach new sonic levels just when it seemed they had already reached 11. Needless to say, they played the kind of show that had the power to transport you to another place, as dark and warped or beautiful as you wanted it to be.