I started my Seattle Sunday with a series of unfortunate events, including: breaking into my own luggage because I accidentally changed the combination; standing in line for an hour in the rain; running around the Seattle Center to find a way around the (closed) entrance to the Monorail; almost missing lunch with friends at PAX because of all of that; and then running back to the Seattle Center to make a 2:30 pm performance.
I’ve been a fan of YYY since “Maps”, which remains one of my top 5 favorite songs of all time; we used to cover that in a previous band, and it is my Rock Band vocal track of choice! I wasn’t a fan of some of their older, more abrasive songs, but I loved their newer dance tunes. So when I heard they were playing while I was in Seattle, I couldn’t miss the chance. Unfortunate events or not!
YYY did a 15-song set, mixing slow art-rock tunes with dance-y punk. I had a good spot (dead center, on the floor, in front of the sound booth) but for some reason, the crowd in that area was extremely dull. Only three of us were dancing! I mean, have you _heard_ “Heads Will Roll”? How can you hear that live (or even recorded) and not shake your booty?
By the end of it, I was rocking out completely (as much as I could with a handbag, in the rain; I wish I’d brought less!) and it was extremely satisfying. The band had always been performers, Karen O especially, and she didn’t let the dullness of the non-mosh-pit crowd stop her from jumping and shaking and waving like crazy.
They did perform “Maps”, but acoustic, which kind of disappointed me (it’s the guitar play and effects that I like) – but dancing to “Heads Will Roll” and “Y Control” more than made up for it.
Bumbershoot itself was a three-day festival, with 20 venues and a huge number of artists, some of which I also caught (U.S.E. and Romance, in particular, rocked). I’d have explored more if I weren’t so damn tired. But I had loads of fun – and the chance to dance to YYY live == fifty dollars and a stressed morning well spent.
Next on the adventure: Austin!