Bumbershoot 2017, Day One: Moon Duo

Bumbershoot, Local Music, Live Reviews
Dusty Henry
all photos by Dusty Henry

Portland's Moon Duo made maybe one of their most surprising moves yet: showing up and playing a set as a trio. Alright, that's not totally true. They did play with a third member on the KEXP Stage at the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival, but the band is constantly taking surprising new avenues for their tenacious psych rock. While festivals are often associated with big, fist-pumping anthems and "good times," Moon Duo stoically took the stage and delivered on a heavy set of low, foreboding synthesizers and wild, unpredictable guitar distortion. The band didn't need any frills; the music itself became an immersive experience for whoever would let themselves in. They did one of the things hardest to do when you're playing a festival for people who are coming and going -- they created a mood. Leaving Moon Duo's set truly felt like stepping back out into a whole different world and took some time adjusting back to the fervor and liveliness happening just outside the room. All with just three people locked into their instruments, pushing sound to its limits.

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