Saturday at Truck Festival began slowly with the promise of later sets occupying our minds. After a bit of wandering around we decided to head into a smaller tent called Palm City to check out a band that’s been featured on the site numerous times; Seazoo.
They played a fun set of around 25 minutes of smart, engaging indie rock. It’s refreshing to see a band play this kind of indie music, a sound that doesn’t take itself too seriously yet still welcomes experimentation. Although it was a small crowd their brand of thoughtful and witty indie-pop was well received by the audience.
The second act we caught, although only in brief, was Ratboy. Many people (including him) claim that he sounds like a worse version of Jamie T, although it’s unclear if this is a compliment or not. On the evidence of what we saw I’d say he makes a strong point, although to his credit he pulled a very large crowd. Truck Festival does provide a great opportunity for younger music fans (15-17) to find lots of artists on the indie spectrum that are a lot of fun, although maybe lacking in substance. Shortly after Ratboy came a set from Jaws, which offered up a similarly large audience. Their music fuses synth and surf-pop and makes for an easy-going sound that’s been a hit with younger audiences.
One band that may have suffered from the festival’s young attendees was Summer Camp. They played on the main stage just in between Ratboy and Jaws to a very disappointing crowd. Although they aren’t the flavour of the month anymore they played an enjoyable set with songs like ‘Ghost Train’ going over well to an unassuming audience. Of their new material, the title track from upcoming album ‘Bad Love’ stood out as the most interesting track with the band going for a less sweet approach than their earlier work.
As the evening drew in the main stage was taken up by Temples who played to a large crowd that received them extremely well. We were familiar with a few songs by the band before we saw them and they performed them impressively but the material we didn’t know was slightly less entertaining. The band has a strong, established aesthetic but lack originality when it comes to their brand of psych-revival.
After that we were excited to head over to Peter Hook & the Light as we were sure it would be an extremely entertaining set, and that excitement was not unjustified. They played a great set that rattled through both Joy Division and New Order classics. The band was precise and tight, and played with more than enough personality to carry the infamous tracks. Throughout the set the crowd and performers were full of energy which eventually turned to adoration after an hour or so of playing. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” could have played without their help but they exploded into an extended version of the track anyway which brought the set to a memorable close, with Peter hook impressively launching his shirt to near the top of the tent, where it hung majestically.
It would be unfair to critique the performance of Saturday’s headliners Basement Jaxx for a number of reasons. Firstly, we didn’t watch them for very long. Secondly, we didn’t realise they still existed until we saw the line-up. Thirdly, like most people probably, I only know “Where’s Your Head At.” Those things aside there was a tremendously large amount of people who have clearly been paying far more attention to them than we have since 2001.