A couple of years ago I went to la Route du Rock, a small indie music festival in St Malo,Brittany. Since then I've been going every year. It's booze, Rock & Roll and football; what more could you ask for? With a line-up to match any festival, this year it was indie legends meets hype bands.
The weekend started with Thurston Moore. It was 8pm and the crowd consisted of 'old teenagers' in their 40's; on bass My Bloody Valentine's Debbie Googe was amazing as per usual. You've all heard the album The Best Day, if not you should all be murdered or buy it! Next up came Fuzz, Ty Segall and his friends. The band arrived on stage with white make up on their faces and even though their music is slightly repetitive, the Cali outfit made the crowd jump and head bang with an intense fuzz infused rock. It looks like Black Sabbath aren't dead after all! Sadly, following them was one of the worst band I've ever seen live: Algiers. This was the mistake of the festival. I mean, there's always one! But reparations would soon be made...Timber Timbre promised me last year that they would play in St Malo. Grand Canyon was the perfect start to the beautifully enchanting show. Their latest album was well approved by the audience and after this truly magical moment I decided to call it a night.
As I just mentioned, the Iceland fairy didn't show for her headline slot, so English rockers Foals stepped up to the plate. Now Foals are not the small indie band you've seen in 2008. You know, front man Yannis jumping into the crowd etc. etc. Okay, I realized he still does this but by now it seems a bit desperate. I guess this is my own personal issue with bands I have known for years. I don't like when they get big, but then who can deny success? Their upcoming album will be released in the near future but I have the feeling it will already be this year's FAIL. If you want to see Muse on stage, go to a Muse concert. But please don't jump on my feet when I try to recognize Two steps, twice. Even this song was a disaster. I am not afraid to say it, Foals are dead, but I would prefer it if they drowned in silence. Thankfully to the end of the night, good old Daniel Avery played the hits as James Mercer would do years earlier, and we all danced into the night.
On sunday Ride was the sonic assault we were all here for. Though they didn't play one of their biggest hits Ox4, the band remained fresh as ever. Drive Blind in particular sounded sensational, surely this repetitive riff has to be one of the best of the 90's, come on? But before the legends, outsiders Savages took their turn on stage. They are the feminine band the world needs at the moment, even if you're not a fan of Rock'n'Roll. Father John Misty reminded me of Nick Cave two years ago on the same stage. The girls loved him...romantic music at it's best?.
© Chris Rod Indiemusic
It is the end of a great festival and it truly feels like it has been a roller coaster. There's been the good (Only Real) and the bad (Foals). But for now, back into our cars and ride into the night, and after an afternoon on the beach playing football and drinking beers (a hard life, huh?) I cannot say this enough; you should all join us next year !