Bumbershoot 2008 Day 1: Sweet WaterAugust 31st, 2008 by travis hay
From Grynch we headed to see Sweet Water, a band that I have fond memories of and whose sophomore CD “Superfriends,” which was released sometime in the mid ‘90s, I still rock today.
The last time I saw Sweet Water was at Mercer Arena during Bumbershoot in 1995. The band was loud, the songs were pure rawk and I immediately became a huge fan. The group disbanded sometime during the 1990s and reunited last year. Unfortunately, since I live in Wenatchee, I have not been able to see any of the reunion gigs so I was ridiculously stoked to see my teenage rock heroes again.
Unfortunately I was extremely let down. First off, they were performing in the Exhibition Hall, which has the worst sound of all the Bshoot stages, so they had that going against them. But I figured I could be forgiving if there was poor sound, these were some of my teenage idols after all. But sound issues aside, the reformed Sweet Water just simply weren’t as good as the old Sweet Water I remember.
The singer had about as much charisma as my big left toe. The guitar player sounded decent, but his stage presence needs a lot of work. The band was playing the songs from my youth, but they weren’t the same as I remembered them. So much for that nostalgic trip down musical memory lane I was hoping for. Maybe I’ll catch them again at the High Dive or a smaller club and they’ll be better, but Saturday at Bumberhoot just wasn’t Sweet Water’s day.