Sasquatch! 2009 Day 2 (another perspective): Street Sweeper Social Club, Calexico, The Avett Brothers, Builder and the Butchers

I’m still recovering from the second day of Sasquatch! and haven’t completed my capsules recapping what I saw, but Ear Candy’s Brent Stecker spent the day at the Gorge Sunday and jotted down his thoughts. Here’s his first dispatch, with mine to come soon.

Street Sweeper Social Club

Hey all, I just got back from my first day of Sasquatch (and Day 2 overall), and it was definitely a hard-rocking time. The weather was absolutely perfect, and I’m stoked for Day 3. Here’s what I came across during my day in the sun.

Street Sweeper Social Club

It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I’m a gigantic Rage Against the Machine fan, and Tom Morello is pretty much my hero. So obviously I couldn’t have been happier than to start my Sasquatch festivities with Morello’s new band, Street Sweeper Social Club. In short, they killed it. The great thing about the songs that Morello and Bay-area rapper Boots Riley (of The Coup) have put together is that almost all of them feature arena-ready choruses.

The crowd was very receptive, especially with the spot-on cover of M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” and the rabble-rousing “The Oath,” with it’s easy to follow lyrics of “Alright, motherf*cker! That’s right, motherf*cker!” Personally, the highlight for me was “Promenade,” which somehow makes funk-metal riffs and squaredance vocals (really) coexist. Of course, it helped that Morello used this tune as the launching pad for his biggest solo of the day, where he shredded, scratched like a DJ, played with his teeth, and even played a lead by pulling the cord out of his guitar and pressing the jack into his hand. Ladies and gentlemen, that is why this man is my hero.

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