Book of Black Earth. Photo by Marcella D. Volpintesta. Click the photo for a slideshow, also featuring The Watson Twins and Gabriel Teodros.
Notes By Travis Ritter
The mid-afternoon set has been one of extremities, from one end of the spectrum to another. I caught up with The Apples in Stereo at the Sound Transit stage not long after catching the best “non Bumbershoot” performance of the day - a West African drum circle that had the 100+ audience dancing and clapping along to hyper-hand rhythms near the Fisher Pavilion. The Apples in Stereo quickly fell in with the attentive, primarily white audience, playing a string of quirky, upbeat and nasally-vocalized pop songs, as well a very long, mid-90s shoegaze song that any Verve or Ride fan would appreciate.
On the way to EMP to catch Seattle death metal band Book of Black Earth, I walked past Art Brut. We were right next to the Fun Forest and I contemplating challenging their lead singer, Eddie Argos to a Dance Dance Revelution dance-off. Unfortunately, a crowd of people swarmed him before I could ask and I kept on truckin.
The EMP Sky Church was a perfect place for Book of Black Earth, who are the heaviest and scariest thing in Seattle - a mix of Scandinavian death metal, grind, and thrash metal. It’s merciless music to head bang to at the gateway to hell. One audience member shouted “I’ll fucking kill you” before they began, and it almost sounded serious. But I love Book of Black Earth. I needed a little menace to cleanse my pop-filled mind, and these dudes did it, in the “closest thing we’ll ever be to a church.”