Opening for the co-headliners, Porches. and Alex G, Your Friend took the stage at Lost Lake this past Monday to a full crowd. Your Friend released an album last month titled, Gumption, after recently signing to Domino Records. Using a multitude of pedals and electronics, Your Friend’s set was full of tension and layers of sound that transitioned seamlessly from one song to the next while lead singer Taryn Miller’s wistful vocals blanketed over the instrumentals. At some points, however, the technology seemed to be too much for the Lost Lake to handle, creating a muddy mix hiding the complexity that you hear on record.
Porches. took the stage next, playing mostly tracks off their new record, Pool, which was featured as our Album Spotlight this past January. The album strays away from the indie-rock guitar sound of their 2013 release, Slow Dance In The Cosmos. With its strategic electric snare and cowbell hits, the album has one goal: to get you dancing. Lead singer Aaron Maine made this clear throughout their set with various requests for the audience to “let the booty do what the booty want to” and leading by example on stage. Songs like “Mood” and “Glow” were even reminiscent of early Dev Hynes, which I didn’t hear while listening to them on record. Closing their set, Maine asked the crowd to lie down on the floor for their last song. After a few awkward seconds of wondering if he was serious, everyone was horizontal. It was a unique experience, and apparently the first time everyone actually complied.
Following Porches., Alex G took the stage with his three-piece band to end the Domino Records showcase. Alex’s performance style varied drastically from the bands that preceded him on stage. For most of his set, Alex had his back to the crowd, only turning to face the crowd to deliver his vocals that have been frequently compared to Elliott Smith. However, I think his live performance differs from Smith's in that he is much more aggressive. He replaces many of his softer lyrics with ad-libbed screaming that gives you no choice but to feel a bit uncomfortable. With the most extensive library of the three artists, Alex played songs off his past four releases, dating back to his 2012 release Rules. After gaining his following by releasing several self-mastered bedroom tapes on BandCamp, Alex proved that his signing with Domino has not compromised his artistic integrity and gave his fans at Lost Lake exactly what they came for.
By Connor McNeir