Out of Town Total Fest Friday: Riff Party
posted by August 16 at 12:12 PMon
Missoula, Montana, you know how to please this man. Total Fest is a total party – nights full of great rock bands from around the country and days full of chicken fried steak, barbeques, and drinking Hamms in a river. I wish I had the time or energy to talk about all of the bands on the second day at the three-stage Badlander, cause there’s been a lot of good stuff, but there’s a good reason the headliners were chosen to finish off such massive bills (44 bands in three days) so I’m going to talk about them. Last night, the text message I got a few months ago telling me, “Dude, Nudity are playing the Comet 2Nite!” got some new context. I’m not exactly sure what to call Nudity’s brand of drug-rock jamming. They’re not “classic rock” jams, but they’re definitely rooted in classic rock. “Classic Rock Revival Jams?” “We still like drugs and long hair and were in Tight Bros From Way Back When Jams?” “We sound like Earthless but without as many riffs Jams?” Any way you categorize them, they laid down a thick and enjoyable session, although my associate Tim said he didn’t like them as much as I did because he wasn’t drunk.
Akimbo has a hell of a hard time getting to Missoula for some reason. Their van broke down again on the way to Total Fest this year, forcing them to get a rental car in Ellensburg and abandon most of their gear. Nudity was generous enough to let the band use their rigs, which from the side of the stage, I surprisingly thought Akimbo sounded better through than their own gear (informing the band of this after the show, Jon was sure to let me know I was wrong, and stupid). I’ve been watching a lot of the Olympics this last week, so I can’t help but compare Akimbo to the US Women’s Gymnastics team. They had some tough breaks with their trusty van “Sacramone” breaking down on them, but they powered through without her, and when it was go time they stuck that god damn landing and snatched the gold. They seemed to be the crowd favorite again this year, even over the final act, Saviours. I love this band: They are an unstoppable four-headed riff monster, all of its limbs working together in perfect harmony. The fact that Missoula would have them headline such a solid festival only makes me love this place that much more.