The ballroom inside the convention center hosting the event reached capacity at the beginning of the show, as British indie-rock band Wet Leg kicked things off. Formed in 2019, the young band has gotten traction for their music through the viral hit single “Chaise Longue,” and has been dubbed 2022’s “hottest band.” Known for their cheeky and fun songs, their self-titled debut album is expected to drop April 8.
Yard Act from Leeds kept the party going. Lead singer James Smith gave a thought-provoking performance alongside his band members Ryan Needham (bass), Sam Shjipstone (guitar) and Jay Russell (drums). Smith’s piercing lyricism cut through the music, giving way to speak on matters such as the endurance of human spirit (in “100% Endurance”), and the agonizing tribulations of wealth and money (in “Rich”). Their debut album The Overload was released in January 2022.
As described in the Yard Act bio on Bandcamp, “Their inherent wit has been sharpened down into something that speaks to the times we live in, creating a statement of intent that survives on nuance, that manages to poke fun at society without punching down from a place of left-wing superiority or right-wing anger. The Overload is a political record, but in the same way that all great observations of human nature are – a messy, complex, knowingly hypocritical snapshot of our current state of play.”
Los Angeles-based band SASAMI came onto the stage in full ghillie suits – all but the singer Sasami Ashworth, who was dressed in fishnets, a corset and belts. The band’s unique style matched their heavy sound, with Ashworth’s voice elevating everything around her. “We’re going to bring you to both heaven and hell,” she said during their set, which at times felt like a chaotic flurry of movement and song.
As described on their Bandcamp, SASAMI’s second full-length album Squeeze “surveys the raw aggression of nu-metal, tender plainspokeness of country-pop and folk rock, and dramatic romanticism of classical music.” Released in February 2022, the album joins the band’s 2019 first self-titled LP.
Closing out the Public Radio Day Stage was Seratones from Louisiana. Lead singer A.J. Haynes delivered sultry smooth vocals. Floating onto the stage in her all-white outfit, her positive personality flowed out of her through the music – setting the tone for a well-rounded day of music. Her inviting demeanor drew her into the crowd at the end of the set, getting the audience to participate singing into the microphone.
Seratones will release their new album, Love & Algorhythms, on April 29, folding sounds of soul into the cosmos. Producer Paul Butler, guitarist Travis Stewart, and drummer Jesse Gabriel weave the sounds while their fearless leader, Haynes, steers the ship into the far reaches of space – creating “an interstellar synthesis of astral soul, r&b, and sci-fi funk.”
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