Friday, July 25, 2008

Hail to the Chiefs

Fuji Rock 2008: Part 2

The Presidents of the United States of America

Don’t worry, it’s not Dubya or his dastardly dad who are opening Fuji Rock this year. This is a much kinder and gentler group of presidents from not Crawford, Texas, but Seattle, Washington.

I didn’t realize these guys were still around and it turns out they have reformed twice since I last saw them in San Francisco in the mid-90s. I guess you can't keep a good band down.

It must be tough opening a huge event like this, but they Presidents are in good spirits and they soon create a lively, festive vibe at Fuji Rock.

An interesting note for guitar players like me is that the Presidents use a basitar and guitbass, modified, six-string guitars which have two strings (for bass) or three strings (for guitar).

Kewl. Can't really tell from their stage sound, though.

However, I must say I really enjoyed The Presidents' set. Their melodic post-punk provides a perfect opener for the festival - with their laid back, upbeat attitude and invisible harmonica winning over the crowd.

Nice one, guys.

Fujirockers - Interview

Name: Chika

From: Niigata, now lives in Los Angeles.

Why did you come to Fuji Rock? I love music and nature.

Which artists do you especially want to see? Underworld, they are so special.

What’s the best thing about Fuji Rock? The people.

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