Fun Fun Fun Fest Saturday In Review: Kreayshawn, Refused, Girl Talk & More
Saturday's FFFF was a dusty affair, with merch tables making money off bandannas and other face coverings hand over fist. Where did that phrase come from, by the way? What do hands and fists have to do with making money, aside from petty crime?
Photos by Marco Torres A$AP Rocky
SLIDESHOWS: The Girls of Fun Fun Fun Fest
Anyhow, the big draws on the second day of this FFFF were Girl Talk, the Refused bringing their reunion set to Texas, and the double-barreled swag-rap attack of Danny Brown and A$AP Rocky.
I was excited to see Public Image Ltd. and Paul Banks, but disappointed by both sets. PiL -- who played Houston's Scout Bar on Friday -- were more Public Karaoke than anything else, though I enjoyed the vigor of John Lydon's band. As for erstwhile Interpol singer Paul Banks, I was bored to tears with his solo work, though his voice is still endearing. Come back Interpol, you are missed. CRAIG HLAVATY
I have seen a lot of bands trying to do what the Swedish punks in Refused, who broke up in 1998, accomplished in their relatively short first time around. Saturday night the reunited band took all those pretenders to task, in the politest way possible. Lead singer Dennis Lyxzén told all the old stories and looked back on the band's anarchistic past with a smirk, mentioning a Houston stop in 1996 with Snapcase. The band goes back into hibernation in 2013. CRAIG HLAVATY
YOUTH OF TODAY
Photo by Brittanie Shey Youth of Today's happiest fan
The most entertaining show, at least crowd-wise, was Youth of Today at the Black Stage. The seminal hardcore band mixed music with platitudes, with singer Ray Cappo encouraging the crowd to believe in themselves, be true to the world, etc, before breaking into his trademark growl. The crowd was a good mix of pot smokers and straightedgers, including one kid who couldn't have been more than 20 wearing both a letter jacket (in 90-degree heat) and a T-shirt declaring himself Straight Edge. I also saw a girl with giant letter tattoos on her shins that read VEGAN POWER.
About halfway through the show a guy outside the gates of the festival took a running jump and clambored over the 10-foot fence, flying into the crowd right in the middle of the mosh pit. Through the chain link and mesh fence I could see two fat security guards mulling around trying to figure out what to do. I was rooting for the scofflaw because I have a soft spot for anarchy and because I was impressed by his high-jump skills, but a security guard found him and escorted him out.
A few songs later I looked towards a gap in the fence and saw a grizzled old man with tattooed hand holding the youngest, most adorable puppy I've seen in a long while. The pup was poking its nose though the fence while the guy leaned against it, watching Youth of Today from outside the festival. It kind of made my day. BRITTANIE SHEY