George, WA. - Even after two full days in the blazing Gorge sunshine, festival goers rallied to catch the great acts Sunday’s lineup offered, including Haim, Rodriguez, tUnE-yArDs, Cold War Kids, Portugal. The Man, and much more. Check out some of the new bands that helped end Sasquatch! 2014 on a high note, and make sure to read recaps from Day 1 and Day 2.
Here are some of our favorites from Day 3:
While the Seattle-based palindromed quartet is pretty well-known throughout their hometown, Tacocat was fairly new to most of the audience at the Yeti stage early Sunday afternoon. Their bubblegum pop aesthetics (and bubble-blower effects) are slightly deceiving. Tacocat’s rockin’ ditties are filled with punk/riot grrrl elements and lyrics that smartly call out sexual harassment, like on “Hey Girl.” They wax poetic about the pains of womanhood on “Crimson Wave,” and vent about roommates on “This Is Anarchy.” Led by the joyously energetic Emily Nokes, with her husky, strong voice and mean tambourine, Tacocat was one of the most fun acts of Sunday afternoon.
Another quartet hailing from Seattle, La Luz (fittingly, Spanish for “light”) filled the stage with surf pop-rock, the perfect sound for sunny Memorial Day Weekend. A strong rhythm section gave form to each song, thanks to Marian Li Pino and Lena Simon. Keyboardist Alice Sandahl had a great electric organ solo during one tune, and her light and bouncing piano playing kept the melodies moving, while Shana Cleveland’s shimmery guitar licks added to the surfy vibe. The ladies of La Luz brought confidence and strong musicianship to their set, and are certainly a group to watch.
Continuing the trend of kickass female musicians from Seattle comes Shelby Earl, a singer-songwriter who evokes the likes of Gillian Welch, Neko Case, and even Patsy Cline. She’s a raw, refreshing blend of folk, rock, and country, and performs with a very talented backing band who keeps her away from typical singer-songwriter territory (which can get stale for live performances). Earl’s pure voice, capable guitar playing, and strong songwriting should push her to the forefront of Seattle’s folk-rock scene.
L.A.’s Sir Sly played their electro-indie pop-rock Sunday afternoon on the Bigfoot stage. Throughout the set, more and more festival goers seemed drawn to their catchy, synth-filled, atmospheric sound, which is reminiscent of The Temper Trap meets Foster the People. Playing songs off their 2013 EP Gold, as well as a few new ones, the crowd kept on swaying to the music, entranced. Ending their set with the record’s title track, Sir Sly was an easy crowd-pleaser.
Though their debut LP Wildewoman only came out in October, Lucius has garnered quite the fan base and has been playing to packed venues ever since. The Yeti stage Sunday afternoon was no different, with festival goers crowded into the lawn to get a glimpse of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig and hear their powerhouse vocals. Along with drummer Dan Molad and guitarists Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri, Jess and Holly gave one of the strongest, most energetic performances Sasquatch! had yet to see this year. Standout songs included “Don’t Just Sit There” and “How Loud Your Heart Gets,” which had the audience jumping up and down, and many singing along. And since it was Holly’s birthday, and the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to her, it’s all too likely that this was just as memorable a performance for Lucius as it was for festival goers.
If Mazzy Star and Liz Phair had a love child, it would be Waxahatchee. Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Katie Crutchfield performed her songs, whose lyrics read like intimate journal confessions, with a clean, at times gentle and at times aggressive, tone. She’s a very honest, no-frills performer, which can be a detriment, but she kept things moving by alternating the gentler songs like “Blue Pt. II” with heavier ones like “Misery Over Dispute.” Her bandmates did seem to lack energy, but were still very capable performers. Many audience members were familiar with the songs, as they sang along with Crutchfield, while Waxahatchee newcomers swayed and nodded their heads along to the tunes. It was a great, soothing performance to relax festival goers before a night filled with Kid Cudi, Queens of the Stone Age, and Major Lazer.
And so the sun set on the Gorge. Until next year, Sasquatch.
Top Photo by Mathew Lamb – All Other Photos by Caitlin Peterkin
With degrees in journalism and music, Caitlin’s written for Paste Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and MajoringinMusic.com. She loves cheese, laughing at GIFs of corgis, road trip sing-alongs, and connecting with people over good beer and good music.