Finishing up the Download Festival coverage, and just in time to gear up for All Points West. It never ends.
Ghostland Observatory is hit and miss with me. I like the idea behind the band because they have the machismo of Freddie Mercury, the high notes of The Bee Gees and the music style of dirty Detroit disco. The downside is that they seem stuck into that mindset and I feel that they are not going to move beyond that. Something like "Piano Man," which they started off their set with, is real body shaker with grating, intense beats with Aaron Behrens strutting around the stage like he's a fuck machine. It's a real crowd pleasurer, even if it's boarding on comical. Seeing people's reaction made me chuckle, some came from far and wide to see them, while the other people were like, "What the hell is this crap?"
I wish some of their other tracks equaled the quality of "Piano Man" but they tend to all sound the same. With in three songs, you get the idea.
Live, I like Behren's energy and stage presence, even though he was performing to about 200 people in a shed. He looks like a Native American disco john from the 70s.
You can't tell by the pictures but it's still afternoon when they went on, but it looks like it's late at night. Hey, nothing says a festival like a big background of nothing.