Sights and Sounds of Day Three (see full coverage: edge.ca/wayhome)
As the sun rose on Day Three of WayHome Music & Arts Festival, and the fans began to pour in, everybody knew that we were in for a special last day of this 3-day music festival. After an amazing, and amazingly hot, two days, the fans were ready to empty everything they had left in the tank for their favourite bands. With such bands as The Killers, Haim, Robert DeLong, Coleman Hell, Bishop Briggs, and so much more, slated to play on Day Three, it wasn’t very difficult. Here’s all you need to know about the last day at WayHome…
For an artist who has made their big break from a Soundcloud track, Sarah Grace McLaughlin, aka Bishop Briggs, comes off as a seasoned pro. With a vocal range that could fill a stadium, Bishop Briggs signature sound comes from her powerful vocal performance, and dark and moody soundscapes. The lead single, “River”, is the perfect display of this genre-bending artist, showing off her powerful pipes. When you are getting comparisons to Florence Welch, you know you are doing something right!
Indie pop wunderkind BØRNS only has one album under his belt but he’s already amassed a huge following. The WayBold tent was packed as the silken-voiced singer dropped a whole bunch of sugary sweet confections in the form of his catchy tunes. A mix of R&B, dance and electro music, songs like “Dug My Heart” and “American Money” were received with huge cheers. The latter song was a sleek, Lana Del Rey homage that had people swaying back and forth. Also in the mix were several covers- Elton John‘s “Benny and the Jets” and a medley of David Bowie‘s “Heroes” and Arcade Fire‘s “Rebellion”.
Coleman Hell blasted onto the scene in 2015, with his smash hit “2 Heads”, and hasn’t looked back since. Hell ignited the WayBright stage on Day 3 to pump the energy back up. Coleman has managed to gain a mass of fans without even releasing a record, but with such catchy indie pop tunes as “2 Heads”, “Supernatural”, and, this year’s, “Fireproof”, it is hard to deny his talent. The new album is expected to be out by late 2016, and, if his set was any sign, the new album is set to be fire.
The always entertaining Stars took to the main stage during some light rain, with the chatty, sly Torquil Campbell quipping in between songs as usual. The Montreal singer wasn’t all jokes however- in a very heartfelt move Campbell wore a T-shirt emblazoned with “Doing it for Gord”, a message of support for fellow Canadian musician Gord Downie.
The show was as emotive as one would expect from the group, with Campbell and co-vocalist Amy Millan trading lead duties between shimmering cuts like “Trap Door” and “Take Me to the Riot”. Millan stuck to guitar for the set, while Campbell jumped back and forth between his keyboard, a melodica, and theatrical miming of the lyrics; at one point he melodramatically “fainted” from the troubles in the world. It was an afternoon dance party not to be forgotten.
Like a one man wrecking crew, Robert DeLong brought his electronic dance tracks to the WayBold stage with force. From the drum kit, to the keys, to the joystick/steering wheel elements, the one-man operation of Robert DeLong has his hands full. Even when his computers crashed on him onstage, DeLong played it off like a pro and got the people moving once again. There’s definitely more than meets the eye for this native of Colorado.
Dan Auerbach is a busy man. Not only does he front garage blues mainstays The Black Keys, but he also does production work and plays in psychedelic tinged act The Arcs, who played the WayBright stage.
The band deals in swirling, darkly retro tunes augmented slightly with modern touches, and it worked well with the evening sun beating down on the dry earth. This is music for desert vistas, and songs like “Outta My Mind”, “Stay in my Corner”, and “Put a Flower in my Pocket” were ideal for the hazy weather conditions. Their aesthetic isn’t entirely different from the Keys’, but it is decidedly more laid back. Few rockers, but many smoky organ jams well suited to the clouds of billowing dry ice coming off stage.
Last year, we had Brandon Flowers. This year, we got the whole gang back together, as The Killers took to the WayHome Main stage to close out the WayHome Music & Arts Festival! Opening their set with “Mr. Brightside” garnered a huge roar from the crowd, as Flowers lead everyone through the unforgettable chorus. For a band that released their debut album, Hot Fuss, in 2004, they sure haven’t skipped a beat. Of course they played a string of their hits, including “Smile Like You Mean It”, “Somebody Told Me”, “Human”, and “When You Were Young”. The explosive finish on “All These Things That I’ve Done” had everyone proclaiming that, “I’ve got soul, but I’m not a soldier”. Let’s hope this is the new beginning for The Killers!
Save the date. Next year’s WayHome runs next July 28-30, 2017!
(see full coverage: edge.ca/wayhome)