Deck The Hall Ball at Key Arena
The Joy Formiddable opened the day – excuse me, evening. Nine bands means a start time of 3pm. Good thing I didn’t do my usual, sleep in until 1pm routine.
I haven’t heard much of The Joy Formiddable previously, but they spoke volumes to how the rest of the day would go: powerful voices, weird outfits, and neat instruments. The group was fun and even more fun to shoot; the three songs flew past. Of Monsters and Men took the stage next, not to be confused with Of Mice and Men; I think the two bands have just about nothing in common. Each member assisted with dynamic harmonies and lovely melodies to quickly make them one of my favorites of the show.
Grouplove was next and was clearly a crowd favorite. Miss Hannah Hooper came out with a fake parrot barely hanging on to her shoulder which was, something. She killed it with stage performance and was a dream to watch. Her co-vocalist/guitarist reminded me of a hipster Kurt Cobain and managed to prove that grunge can be cool again as long as you have voice to back it up. I think I was most excited to watch The Lumineers more than any band at the ball. I’m a sucker for their single “Ho Hey” and irresistible voices. I don’t think I’ve heard that many people single along to one song; the entire arena seemed to know the song as well. The group was everything I had hoped they would be and left me with warm fuzzy feelings.
Metric’s three songs flew by for me as they had one of the highest-energy performance of the night. Vocalist Emily Haines looked tough in her all black and leather outfit and quickly showed the crowd that she was anything but fragile. She sang her heart out and even left the keyboard to grab a tambourine during the third song. Being multi-talented rules and so did this band.