Due to having a slew of responsibilities and other obligations (more on that later), I knew my time at this year's Seven Sense go-around would be limited, so I made sure to spend my 2+ hours carefully. I arrived at The New Vintage with my girlfriend around 3:30 just in time to watch Joann + The Dakota, a band I haven't had the pleasure of actually watching in person until yesterday. Immediately I noticed two things: First, this place was fucking packed for it being so early in the afternoon. Second, this band was clearly in the middle of a killer set as they seemed to be completely on in every facet of their performance. Joann's magnetic energy was undeniably infectious as I'd say the majority of the crowd seemed pretty into it.
|Joann + The Dakota|
We left the venue and anxiously headed down to the beer tent where we would mull through our options and eventually decide to get a Monnik IPA. Maybe it was the intense Louisville heat, but this ale seemed to be breathtakingly good at the time.
|Blair Alise and The Bombshells|
Next we ventured to the Larceny outdoor stage to watch Detroit's Blair Alise and The Bombshells perform an energetic, uptempo set. The music they were playing sounded like a grittier, dirtier version of what indie pop band Tennis has become known for, only with a bit of a rockabilly twist. Blair's voice, a lot like Alaina Moore's is the main attraction served over warm, catchy beach rock. If this sounds like something you might be into, I strongly recommend you check out their For My Darlin' record (hell yes, it's on Spotify!).
|Hey that's me, crushing a Holy Molé taco!|
For a decade plus, I've been mostly unaware of Louisville's metal scene, so it should come to no surprise that I'd never seen (ohlm) play before yesterday. After witnessing their wrath of tightly composed vocal-less wizardry, I left their set ready to buy up their whole catalogue. Their songs each played out like a narrative composition, telling a story despite their being no words. Each song seemed to be orchestrated with slow-building intros that lead to thrilling climaxes; in other words, these dudes are on to some next level prog metal shit.
I also have to mention how insanely badass their drummer is; I've played drums in several metal bands over the years, and have been on the same bill as a billion other metal bands. I can't say I've seen anyone slay that hard in Louisville in a long time, maybe not ever. His precise, hard hitting barrage of double kick rhythms and blast beats were more than impressive.
Remember how I said I had "a slew of responsibilities and other obligations"? Well, my responsibility was my poor beagle who had been at home alone waiting for me for the majority of the day as I was in and out running errands. As for my obligation, well... My girlfriend promised that she'd join me in my game room to play Streets of Rage 2 on my Sega Genesis. So, yeah.. You understand why I left, right? RIGHT?!?!?
Anyway, this was a most excellent day from start to finish. From my vantage point, everything at Seven Sense Festival '16 seemed to be going down without any significant problems. I was (as I always am) confused by the beer ticket situation, but that's just me being a dummy. I can't speak to what happened after 6:30, but my time was well spent. Thanks, Seven Sense!