“Hey, Wesleyan. We used to go here. Now we don’t.”
Are you there USA Today? It’s me, Zach.
Because the Douglas freaking Cannon isn’t enough surprise excitement for one twenty-four-hour span, Eclectic held its own alumni reunion of sorts in the ballroom last night, starring such notables as acclaimed indie-poppers Bear Hands (Dylan Rau ’07, Ted Feldman ’09, others) and Fort Lean (Keenan Mitchell ’09, Zach Fried ’08, Jake Aron ’08, Will Runge ’09, and Sam Ubl’ 08) alongside recent Spring Fling appetizer Peace Museum. As Pitchfork put it in 2010:
Does Wesleyan, the arty Connecticut liberal arts university, attract boys with raw, nasal voices and penchants for shimmering keyboards and huge waves of overdubbed psychedelic guitars to its halls, or does the school simply turn its students into those sorts of musicians?
Either way, it’s quite the way to network with alumni. Back in the day, Bear Hands was opening for MGMT in Beckham Hall. Today the band is a year-and-a-half removed from debut LP Burning Bush Supper Club—and about as far past its triumphant homecoming gig in Eclectic in January, 2011. The members remained just as invigorating live last night, merging shimmering indie psychedelia with propulsive post-punk rhythms while running through most of BBSC and about four or five new tracks.
Scroll on for video of “Crime Pays” and a full gallery of Bear Hands and Fort Lean. More (much more) on Bear Hands’ 2011 show here.
An intergenerational WesBand Senior Week surprise!
Come see some of Wesleyan’s finest musicians perform at Eclectic this Tuesday, May 22nd!
In a lineup hella appropriate for senior week, Bear Hands (Dylan Rau ’07 and Ted Feldman ’09) will be joined by Fort Lean (Keenan Mitchell ’09,Zach Fried ’08, Jake Aron ’08, Will Runge ’09, and Sam Ubl’ 08 ) and recent Spring Fling openers Peace Museum (Casey Feldman ’12, Gil Sunshine ’12, John Snyder ’12, and Dylan Bostick ’13).
It’s gonna be a doozy.
Date: May 22, 1012
Time: 10 pm – 2 am
Place: Eclectic Haus
PS: Remember that time Bear Hands tore up Eclectic in January, 2011? Click through for a photo retrospective.
Here’s what’s up: the internet is declaring a 40% chance of rain on Thursday, which, on the bright side, means a 60% chance of No Rain,
which is great because Blind Melon is totally headlining which is okay because weather.com is predicting “AM showers,” which shouldn’t be too big a deal given that the music isn’t kicking off until 12:45 PM, when Wesleyan opener Peace Museum takes the stage. That was a terrible sentence.
In the unlikely event that it does rain a whole bunch, Spring Fling will be moved to the ice rink—but
that’s only in extreme cases, and it’s not especially likely given this forecast. So, you know, keep the hill clean. Err, I was wrong.
The order of the acts remains as previously announced, but here are the set times:
Update in from Dylan Bostick ’13 – Battle of the Bands (THIS FRIDAY OR WHATEVER) has a lineup, y’all – chosen from quite a few EP entries by a careful and time-honored process. Also I heard facebook has an events system and this is on it, does this link work? Apparently it’s like an event or something, IDK.
Anyway, onto the contestants. Don’t be too impressed with these descriptions I’ve amassed from leading music critics:
The Appledaughters – battlers man these guys crazy theyll punch you out the face bro fuck
Grand Cousin – yo used to be grand dad but like its complicated with mom so cousin now
Lyons Den – i mean its just some lyons see
Peace Museum – sounds chill not too much fighting in the museum and stuff
Static Stamina – um i failed physics so not sure what this means but yeah
Treasure Island -haha dude loooove tresure man!!! found some sweet $$$ under my bed yesterday
Got issues with the lineup? If only there were some place where people had already left more than 50 comments about it…oh well.
Also, if someone wants to tell me what (if any?) is the difference between Social and Spring Fling Committees, that would be $w33t. Sorry I have no idea what’s going on, but isn’t that how we all go through life? …oh, so that’s just me? Okay. Fine.
Casey Feldman ’12 writes:
Fort Lean is an alumni band that stars Keenan Mitchell ’09, Zach Friend, Jake Aron ’08, Will Runge ’09 and Sam Ubl ’08. Their EP is making the internet explode!
Peace Museum (formally known as Apache Kid) have just become more awesome with their new name.
The Parents pretended to go abroad but are now back to kick ass… kindly. Just so much fun all around.
Basically, this is not a show you want to miss.
Date: Oct. 1
Time: 10:30 AM – 1:00 AM