Yale Daily News reviewed every show of this year’s Elm City PopFest. I’m glad that Yale made the effort to get involved in this year’s events. This is a step in the right direction for ECPF as we try to embrace all parts of the New Haven music community. Thanks to Chantel Simpson.
From Elm City PopFest kicks off at BAR with a bang:
“… The night ended with Eternal Summers. The leading lady’s seductively dreamy vocals fought over the fast-paced chaos that was the rest of the band. At times, they sounded dark and surreal, and at others they gave off a more summery, surf-rock feel. Whatever direction they took, though, my feet would spontaneously start tapping. It was a good night.”
From Elm City PopFest Day 2: Rocking Popeye’s:
“… Next up is EULA, and lead singer Alyse is howling. She’s … growling. She turns away from the crowd to face the drummer, banging her head to the beat. He smiles as her hair flies, and they feed off of each other. Eula is a loud mélange of punk, metal, and the spunk of the riot grrrl era. Still, somehow it’s a little too reserved.”
From Elm City PopFest continues, makes reporter dance:
“… The Reducers knew how to put on a show. The simplicity of the lyrics mixed with an upbeat tempo in their opener — “Yeah, Yeah, Alright, Come’on” — invoked feelings of nostalgia for the past: any one of any generation could have enjoyed their music. Everyone, of all ages raced to fill the open space in front of the stage to dance and sing-along. Even the quiet couple sitting at a table against the wall — him in his suit with the tie still tightened around his collar, her in business attire — were overcome by a feeling that had them up on their feet, racing to the dance floor to join the mix of those clad in leather jackets with crazy buttons and denim. That moment really summed up the experience.”
From PopFest saved the best for last:
“… Yale’s own Jamestown, The First Town in America opened the final night of Elm City PopFest at Café Nine. The seven members were crammed on stage, forming a cluster of melodic energy that projected beautifully crafted songs and perfectly synchronized melodies. When the lead singer twisted his face to belt out each word, he seemed to be reaching deep inside himself to deliver the poetic lyrics that soulfully rolled off his tongue. Every solo was moving; every harmony, heartfelt. Jamestown was definitely the best band I’ve seen at the PopFest in all four nights.”
There’s less than two weeks until ECPF officially kicks off. Are you planning on joining us? You probably should … 4 days, 4 shows, 3 venues, 14 bands.
… and lots more.
Filed under: elm city popfest | Tags: Girls In The Boy Scouts, Hartford, Teens Across The North, The Guru
Girls In The Boy Scouts
Teens Across The North
Thanks to everyone that came out the two ECPF warm-up shows in New Haven and Hartford. Below are a couple shots of The Guru rocking out at The Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford. Expect more photos and video as they become available.
Photos courtesy of Colin Sullivan
See you in New Haven on Sept. 14-17.
Filed under: cafe nine, elm city popfest, new haven | Tags: The Novels, The Reducers
The final two bands have been added to fill out the remaining slots on the Friday and Saturday shows at Cafe Nine. We’re excited to have added these two band, which we’ve never booked before. Both bands will add some great music to the already stellar lineups.
THE REDUCERS WILL HEADLINE FRIDAY 9/16 SHOW
Formed in the banner year of 1978, New London, Connecticut’s Reducers can honestly lay claim to being one of America’s original D.I.Y. bands. Guitarists Peter Detmold and Hugh Birdsall formed the nucleus of the group in 1977 when they embarked on a beer-soaked journey through the pubs and clubs of London. The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Jam and a hundred other punk bands were seen that summer, but from the very start, Peter and Hugh brought another very English influence to their music — Pub Rock bands like the Ducks Deluxe, Rockpile and especially Dr. Feelgood inspired the boys to form their own rockin’ outfit.
Tom Trombley and Steve Kaika were next to join. Both were employed as the rhythm section in the Bob Bridgeman Band, a country rock outfit ahead of its time by at least 15 years. “Boy, did we get paid,” claims drummer Tommy of his country punk days, but somehow he, along with Steve were wrested from their steady cowpoke gigs, and thrust into the somewhat rougher and uncharted territory of the burgeoning indie/punk/new wave scene.
The Reducers have kept rocking — and doing it their way — right up to the present day, and we’re proud to have them as part of Elm City PopFest.
THE NOVELS WILL ROUND OUT SATURDAY BILL
The Novels are a four-piece rock band from Northampton, Mass., that sings rock’n'roll oozing with Velvet Underground influence. The Novels feature members of other notable Northampton bands including The Salvation Alley String Band and Paper Piano.
Art by Bob Rock