April 21st, 2012, 12:42 pm · · posted by GUEST
While heading over to the Mojave tent to check out honeyhoney, I was enticed by the ebullient sound of Wolf Gang. The energetic British rock band led by Max McElligott went down a storm, especially during infectious, danceable songs like “The King and All His Men,” and “Lions in Cages,” from its 2011 album “Suego Faults.” Definitely want to see them again.
I first became aware of honeyhoney after seeing them serve as an opening act at the Coach House. The L.A.-based duo mixes alt-country, a bit of blues and plenty of attitude in Suzanne Santos’ vocals. Her violin work and musical partner/electric guitarist Ben Jaffe were equally impressive here. The packed crowd howled “Glad I’ve Done What What I Did,” the haunting “Thin Line,” and tender love ballad “Don’t Know How,” from last year’s solid debut, “Billy Jack.”
The Outdoor Theatre stage was awash in the indie rock, emo-ish strains of New England’s The Dear Hunter. Burly bearded singer Casey Crescenzo mentioned today was 4/20 (a marijuana reference), but otherwise let the anguished and mellow music do all the talking.
Best T-shirt spotted today: One that read, “bomb the music industry,” with a blood design splattered all over it; soon after, I saw a long-haired hippy-looking dude do cartwheels on the grass.
By George A. Paul for The Orange County Register