First up is Jack's Mannequin, hailing from the OC (home also to one of my favorite, underrated bands Offspring as wells as Social Distortion and No Doubt). I've seen their name around for years, yet never actually listened to any of their music before (hey, I've been busy). But, I like what I'm hearing from Coachella. There's a little U2 sound in there, the nicely layered alt-rock with pop sensibilities that I like.
The next song (which could have benefitted from the mic being on during the whole song -- opening acts get no respect) is more urgent, propulsive, and infectious a little reminiscent of ...The Academy is and Head Automatica. I dare you not to start bopping along by the end.
Broken Social Scene had me with the first note of the guitar. Boy, I'm easy. And they don't even have to be a good looking band (no offense)! I hope they're doing well since there are so many of them on stage -- that's a lot of mouths to feed. I read that they're from Canada, so if you meet them, speak slowly. The lead singer actually has a really nice voice -- even if I'm not sure if he just said that everyone wants to "eff" the cars. Well, if they do and make it sound so good, I'm all for it:
So I didn't realize I was familiar with Two Door Cinema Club until I heard this song (even with having Shazam on my iPhone I forget to catch the names of bands when I hear their songs on the radio). They're Irish, which I suppose explains the Ginger on lead vocals, and the slight accent when he sings. I'm torn about this band. Love the song, love the music, beat, melody, instrumentation, but, not really into the lead singer's voice.
The next song starts like they're going into a Foo Fighters' tune (which I'd totally be behind), but then it goes off in its own great direction. I'm going to have to consider focusing less on the vocals (except for Jimmy Sommervile, I'm not a fan of guys singing that high) and more on the music which is definitely solid.
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