Lowell: C+ Playing to only a few people in a parking lot compared to the crowds at Time in July changed Lowell a lot for me. The music still sounded great but the just didn’t seem to be having as much fun. Should have been on later in the day.
The Zilis: B- The Zilis brought a nice tight set to the local stage at Supercrawl. Some simple rock tunes were played extremely well to a crowd of support. Nothing that blew me away but still nice.
Illitry: B While the chill air and setting sun made for a cool show. One thing for sure is the Illitry sounds better in an indoor venue. They played some unreleased stuff as well as “Follow Me” & “Runaways.” They were still tight and impressive but the sound wasn’t totally the same with the open air.
The Dirty Nil: A Hometown punk rockers, The Dirty Nil took to the main stage for the first year and played a short powerful insane set. The band’s live show keeps getting better & better. Rolling though stuff from their EP, old singles, & some new stuff. They hit all the right notes and put on a hell of a show.
Arkells: B Arkells came home and brought out the biggest show of the weekend. Playing the hits from their albums to a packed main stage, the excitement waned as the sound cut out for 3 songs. The show was fun & their love for their home town was beautiful but these sound problems really dampened what should have been the best set of the weekend.
Hachey The MouthPEACE: B Beatboxing, loops, and a few rhymes kicked off Saturday in style. In my first time seeing a beatbox show, Hachey impressed the hell out of me with a fun creative set and some witty banter. The rhymes were textbook but it was still fun.
Tongue Fu: C+ Tongue Fu, a new super group of Hamilton rock faces played to a fairly busy local stage. Too bad the music was pretty boring. Their front man was lively and having fun but the rest of the band seemed to be phoning it, making for a very average set.
Jessy Lanza: A+ The two best sets of Supercrawl were back to back this year. Up first was Jessy Lanza opening the Hyperdub showcase. She was phenomenal flying around stage with samplers, her laptop & keys all while singing tracks from last year’s “Pull My Hair Back.” The show kept everyone intent and had people dancing to her tight and well organized set. A highlight of the weekend.
How To Dress Well: A+ HTDW brought another highlight to the weekend. Playing a sunset show on the chilly Saturday evening. HTDW floored everyone watching him with a beautiful & haunting set of emotion. Really feeling the music, Tom gave it his all and the audience gave their full attention to him.
Scratcha DVA: B+ The Hyperdub showcase starting late lead me to seeing him play. And I’m glad I did. He played a solid DJ set of loud beat heavy songs to a curious group of onlookers, who joined in and danced soon after.
Ikonika: A- DJ Ikonika brought the best DJ set at Supercrawl for her second year at the festival. An almost perfect mix that got everyone dancing after the sun went down. Playing in mostly the dark, she was focused and calculated playing an insane set of mostly dub. A really fun dance party on the street.
Kode9: B Hyperdub founder Kode9, taking the place of the last minute drop out of Four Tet brought a very mixed show. From dub to reggae to chiptune he brought a lot to the table and while in didn’t all land perfectly the parts that did got a warm reception from those watching and dancing.
Spoon: B+ Saturday night was headlined by Spoon who brought out an set of hits & cuts from their new album. “They Want My Soul.” The excited audience danced and sang along to the hits and later on a surprising amount of people took a stab at crowd surfing. The professional show at times felt text book but everyone was having too much fun to care.
Dinner Belles: B This year was the first year of Sundays at Supercrawl. It was a bag of acts I mostly haven’t heard of, like dinner belles. They were a fun & sunny alt-country act that had a lot of heart and fun. Some of the songs sounded very much like other acts in the genre but their energy brought a whole different aspect to the set.
Bry Webb: C- As a Constantines fan, I went to check out Bry play a solo set at Supercrawl. But man, is he boring solo. He seemed out of it and bored himself playing in a very robot like fashion. The songs were slow and tedious at times. Their were parts that shined, but it wasn’t enough to save this set. A huge disappointment.
Antibalas: B The last minute border troubles resulted in me missing Charles Bradley, but resulted in me catching this Afrobeat band. Not having any knowledge of them before, the size of this band made me nervous but they pulled of a fun set of tunes that brightened up the day of a crowd that was completely screwed over by border troubles with bands.
- How To Dress Well - A+
- Jessy Lanza - A+
- The Dirty Nil - A
- Ikonika - A-
- Spoon - B+
- Scratcha DVA - B+
- Illitry - B
- Arkells - B
- Hachey The MouthPEACE - B
- Dinner Belles - B
- Kode9 - B
- Antibalas - B
- The Zilis - B-
- Lowell: C+
- Tongue Fu: C+
- Bry Webb: C-