Lollapalooza Day 2: Tapes 'n Tapes + Silverchair
Amid greying skies, Minneapolis quartet Tapes N Tapes peppered its set with folksy chatter about Chicago, mopey rocking tunes, and full blown songs with quite-loud dynamics that rocked into especially anthemic choruses. The band’s workmanlike vocals were especially rugged today, but with tuba and intense instrumental passages, they drew and kept the crowd’s attention despite the fact that they can’t seem to settle on a distinguishing mood.
Most of us thirty-somethings associate Silverchair with premature grunge success and zero credibility. But in Chicago, the band set us straight, teaching us that it is really a stadium rocking outfit that draws on Queen’s dramatics as much Nirvana's, or, if you don’t mind an overly deep reference point, late period '90s glam-rockers Shudder to Think. Chair seemed to have no qualms about keeping the momentum going with kooky talk between songs: “I once had a dream that I vomited porpoises” will stay with me a bit longer than any particular lyric from the Aussie stars.