Check out Hive’s Best of Friday and Saturday at Sasquatch 2012.
Killer musical lineup aside, Sasquatch 2012 was a breeze to enjoy. Perfect weather eradicated memories of hailstorms, windstorms, downpours, bitter cold and oppressive heat from previous years. In the end, Sasquatch was a music festival equal parts ‘60s Woodstock, ‘80s rave and ‘90s Lollapalooza, all set at America’s most scenic concert venue. Which is perfect for music fans in the iPod era: We want everything, all the time, in one place. Here are the highlights of the last two days.
Most Unlikely Injury: The Head and the Heart
Making their second Sasquatch main stage appearance in two years on Sunday afternoon, the Head and the Heart lead some 10,000 devoted fans in singalong versions of familiar tunes from their 2010 Sub Pop debut. Hand-holding and arm-in-arm swaying were rampant. The Seattle sextet also unveiled three equally uplifting new songs before ending with “Rivers and Roads.” On the last note of the set, with the band visibly in tears and the stage packed with family and friends, over-enthused keyboardist Kenny Hensley slammed his piano bench so hard he broke his hand.
Ye shall be healed: The band split after their set and the next day Hensley ended up at a hospital in Salt Lake City. He played that night.
Baddest One-man Band: Reignwolf
Before Sasquatch, nobody knew who Jordan Cook was. After Sasquatch, everyone knows Cook as Reignwolf, the longhair with the electric guitar, kick drum, and smoke machine who thrashed though a10-minute set on top of the Easy Street Records van parked beside the main stage on Saturday night. Last year, Cook used a government arts grant from his native Canada to fund his mission to move to Seattle and become a rock star. Clearly this is money well spent.
Best Dance Tent Set of the Weekend (TIE): James Murphy and SBTRKT
The inexplicably named Banana Shack (evidently fruit-free, enormous tent) hosted Sasquatch’s most debauched dance parties all weekend, with acts from around the world playing late into the night. LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy flexed his prodigious musical knowledge, digging deep into classic house and disco cuts for an ecstatic Sunday night session. Monday evening, UK bass king SBTRKT eschewed vowels or classics and played much of his own material, though his drop of Hudson Mohawke’s “Fuse” inspired one of the festival’s most unabashed audience freakouts.
Please no more: Grown men wearing Tigger costumes dancing with ribbons.
Most Unsurprising Guest Appearance: Tenacious D
Talk about The Pick of Destiny: If any band were ever fated to play Sasquatch, it was Tenacious D. Jack Black, aka Baby Sass, and his partner in musical comedy Kyle Gass played to an eager main stage audience Monday night, pulling out the locationally-appropriate Sasquatch bit from their cult-fave TV show and movie. The big hairball himself showed up onstage for a ripping guitar solo before disappearing back into the wilds of the Pacific Northwest.
Call Animal Planet: Whether or not the six-string shredding cryptid on-stage was actually John C. Reilly (who played Sasquatch in the 2006 Tenacious D movie and, with his eponymous bluegrass band, played the festival earlier in the day) remains a mystery.
Check out gorgeous photos of Beck, Feist, Hospitality, Little Dragon and other headliners from photographer Chona Kasinger.