Ladyfest 2017 kicked off Friday night at The Shop in Bloomfield. By the time I arrived at 7:10, this DIY venue already boasted a sizable crowd. Based on the demographics (teenage girls and parental types), I could tell that many were there to see opening band WolfBlud.
WolfBlud is a four piece all girl band consisting entirely of high school students. Despite their young age, these ladies still shredded. Their set was a mix of original rock and roll songs as well as a few covers, including “I Miss The Misery” by Halestorm and “Joker And The Thief” by Wolfmother, which highlighted the groups’s strengths. Keep an eye out for WolfBlud; I certainly hope to see more of them in the future.
Second up was Mani Pedi, who started off with a joke comparing themselves to WolfBlud: “We’re twice the age with half the talent!” This proved to be false as they charmed the crowd with their pop rock music. The real strength of Mani Pedi is the interplay between the voices of bassist Rachel Ann Brickner and drummer Jennifer Porter. Whether the two were harmonizing or singing counter melodies, the mix worked really well.
I had a feeling I would like Lorenzo’s Oil when they took the stage wearing matching Broad City shirts, and I was absolutely correct. I’m a total sucker for gimmick bands and for this reason I was head over heels for Lorenzo’s Oil. This duo–two bass players that dabble in percussion–play medleys of popular songs with new lyrics. Because of length of their songs (7-8 minutes each), they only played three: one about spiders building webs on a car, one about Seinfeld, and the last about Back to the Future. The songs they covered ranged from Taylor Swift to Hall & Oates, Nirvana to Fastball. The Outfield’s “Your Love” even made an appearance, which automatically earns them big points in my book. The lyrics they write are witty and hilarious, and the crowd spent much of the set laughing. For that matter, Mary Beth and Ian also seemed to be having a blast which makes it even more enjoyable.
I know literally nothing about electronic music, so it’s hard for me to describe Vytia. It was dark, scratchy, glitchy noise, gradually building up, then all shit broke loose when she started screaming into a mic. It was crazy and intense, like something out of a horror film, and I was looking forward to seeing where it was going, but unfortunately technical issues cut the sound and ended the set early. Definitely a huge bummer.
The ladies from late. emceed the evening and it was finally their chance to shine. This duo played some cool electropop music. Backed by a drum machine, the keyboard and guitar mixed well with voice to create a funky, playful sound. Speaking of playful, the two spent much of the set leaning on each other, nearly knocking the other over; the fun that the two were having on stage made everything that much more enjoyable. Their set ended with a cover of Le Tigre’s “Eau D’Bedroom Dancing,” which fit in perfectly with the rest of their songs.
The night ended with Trash Bag’s final show, but I unfortunately had to leave early and missed it, though I heard great things. Be on the lookout for the rest of my Ladyfest coverage–Gooski’s and Cattivo. Thereʻs so much good music happening in this city!