Just got back from tonight’s Swampfest activities. I left rather early due to a jumbly stomach, but I still managed to have a good time. I saw sets from Dr. Responsible, Staring Problem, Not Healthy, and Marathon. I particularly enjoyed the Marathon set– there’s a lot of good, interesting sounds being wrung from that small pedal garden, congrats! Dr. Responsible had some unexpected juxtapositions of sounds that I dug, and Staring Problem’s style more than made up for the fact that I was unable to hear the vocals at all. I’m probably far too jaded to get much into hardcore by this point in time, but I did appreciate Not Healthy’s energetic performance. I know enough not to drop an unwanted opinion on them here– so let’s leave it at “they do what they do very well.” Sounds like they’re breaking up, so it might be a moot point.
I was happy with my own set, and am looking forward to mentally unpacking it over the next few days. There’s room for expansion on some of the core ideas, so I’m hoping this leads to some other places to explore.
Brandon– thanks for inviting me to be a part of Swampfest! And for everyone who caught my set, thanks for listening! –DaveX