It was a pretty busy day and though it got off to a slow start, things escalated quickly with a personal highlight from Strand of Oaks. Knifight was a solid local start and Beat Connection was sexually objectified while playing their smooth new jams. Amason seemed hungover. Sheppard proves that Aussie pop music is based on 80’s movie montages in the best way possible. Lord Huron was nice in the crowd. Strand of Oaks is rock and roll. The Decemberists played a mostly different set. Kurt Vile was maybe a little too high? Is that possible? Alt-J was kinda boring, but photogenic at the same time. I had a heat check on Hozier, big humble, genuine smile from a guy that has talent to overcome an annoying hit song. Florence & The Machine was pretty and had mental fans in a completely different demographic from last Sunday’s headliner.
Compared to yesterday, I’m already feeling a bit more prepared for ACL coming up in a couple of weekends. As we do every year, we’ll be working hard trying to interview as many bands will have us leading up to the festival. Today I’m pumped to be kicking things off with new Swedish super group Amason. Band member Nils Tornqvist was kind enough to answer a few of my burning questions. Follow the jump for more.