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June 14, 2008 8:59 PM

Rocking with the 'Duct, Lashes

Posted by andrew matson

David Terry has other musicians with him, but he is the focus of Aqueduct on stage. Perched behind keyboards, he belted out a bunch of catchy, fractured synth pop songs to the biggest crowd of the day at the Rainier stage beneath the I-5 ramp.

Among other things, he succeeded in removing the taste of The Hanks from my mouth by powerfully putting down some quintessentially Seattle indie pop. Terry lives here and makes albums for local label Barsuk Records, and his wonderfully unaffected singing style and natural warmth recall NW pillars and labelmates John Roderick (The Long Winters) and David Bazan (Pedro the Lion). He's from Tulsa, but when he sings wry, honest indie pop with that voice, Aqueduct is the sound of Seattle. The audience jumped around and took cell phone pictures in the setting sun light.

But Aqueduct is only one sound of Seattle. This much was proved by a rousing set from The Lashes. A scrappy bunch if there ever was one, they looked like GMF: guys who don't shave often wearing aviator shades and tight pants. They played a loud set of what sounded like bubblegum pop run through torn speakers. It should be noted that frontman Ben Lashes looked like a self-styled icon: Chicago Bulls jersey, black scarf, black baseball hat cocked hip-hop style, black jeans and a black Nike hoodie. He looked like a man come to bring death to rock traditon, yet The Lashes are about as straight-up as it gets. Their set was rock as dance music, rock as party, echoing a sentiment that The Hands put out with their tried and true yet completely exciting rock 'n roll two bands previous on a different stage.

And with that, I left Georgetown. Detroit-souding local blues-rock band Thee Emergency were still yet to headline, but I'd been at GMF since noon. What can I say? My dogs were barking.

Georgetown Music Fest, I love you and all your rocking. I love that you gave hip-hop a chance. I love the BBQ man. I hate to see the buildings around you get torn down- next year's Fest might have different surroundings. But next year, that awesome band of 14 year-olds I saw (The Lost Episode) will be 15 and even better, and should they decide to come back, probably playing at one of the bigger stages.


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