Sunday, October 13, 2013

GIRLS ROCK CULTURE COLLIDE 2013 - DAY 1 Recap and Photos

IZA LACH
IZA performs during day 1 of Culture Collide in the Taix Lounge.
photos by picksysticks
Where else in the world can you travel from Belgium to Poland to Sweden to Russia and back to the U.S. in five city blocks? If you said Culture Collide, you'd be spot on. The annual music festival, now in its fourth year is Los Angeles' unique and popular celebration of music that brings together bands from over 25 countries to perform for music lovers which is put on by music lovers - Filter Magazine.  


Adi Ulmansky
Three days for a whopping $30.  That's $10 a day folks.  Not short on talent, the quality of the music was reflected this weekend by the crowds who packed each venue to discover new bands and watch old favorites.  And unlike most music festivals, it isn't surprising to bump into artists walking in the hallway or chatting away at the bar. 


Day one kicked off with a bang with Israeli buzz bands, Adi Ulmansky and Terry Polo hosting an Israel Happy Hour at Taix Lounge with complimentary drinks provided from Tiger Beer from Singapore.  Culture Collide indeed. 

A rough start with technical difficulties didn't mar Adi's debut.  Her stage presence is infectious.  And her music? Down-right addictive. Her colorful style and bombastic personality matches her vibrant and splashy music which is apparent in her debut mixtape Shit Just Got Real.  This one-woman band who can do it all, weaves fantasy EDM inspired tracks with pop, hip-hop and dance. Adi mixes like Grimes and vocalizes lyrics like M.I.A.  


Louise Kahn of Terry Poison performs at Taix Lounge during Culture Collide.
photos by picksysicks
Louise Kahn of Terry Poison is neither shy nor dull.  Clad in a one-piece pajamas, Kahn and the rest of Terry Poison continued to drive the party in Taix Lounge with their electro-pop and kick-ass attitude.  Imagine if Lady Gaga performed with a band and you'll get Terry Poison.  


Bombay Show Pig
Bombay Show Pig
Bombay Show Pig at Lot 1 Cafe.
photos by picksysticks
Lot 1 Cafe was the newest venue at Culture Collide and they hosted some of the best up-and-coming and emerging artists at this year's fest. Bombay Show Pig  are hard rockers from the Netherlands and although they're a two-piece (Linda van Leeuwen on drums and Mathias Janmaat on guitar) they play louder and harder than most bands with four or five members. But it's their melodies that stand out and with Linda and Mathias often times sharing vocal duties their songs can go from full-throttle to Sunday stroll in seconds.  Their live shows are quickly gaining fans from across the globe with their electric performances. 


Like Swimming
Like Swimming
Like Swimming's debut performance in the U.S.  at Lot 1 Cafe.
photo by picksysticks
Formerly You Say France and I Whistle from Sweden, they made my list of favorite bands coming out of Culture Collide two years ago.  Their joyful tunes and soaring melodies were highlighted by the band's energetic stage presence and stuffed animals that decorated their instruments at each set.  They return to Culture Collide to make their U.S. debut at Lot 1 Cafe as a trio under the name Like Swimming.  People packed the tiny stage room to watch this band which made singer/guitarist Claes Carlstrom confess to  the audience that they were surprised and sincerely honored.   

Their closing song and new single "Go Buffalo" has already been lauded by music tastemakers and even mainstream media like USA Today and MTV Buzzworthy. 


The Great Wilderness
The Great Wilderness playing the Taix Champagne Room.
photo by picksysticks
I got to catch the last couple songs of Costa Rican band The Great Wilderness after a five minute walk back to Taix restaurant's Champagne Room. 


The Great Wilderness
The Great Wilderness
Consisting of Emily Overstreet, Jamie McMullen, Jon Balsey, Corey Dieckman and Josh Kennedy, The Great Wilderness made the most of their time at Culture Collide as they were spotted watching other bands throughout the entire festival.  

Great Wilderness' songs feel like jumping out of a plane at 30,000 feet and feeling that rush of wind trying to pass through you and then, as the chute opens, leaving you falling softly back to Earth, staring in wonderment at the never-ending scenery before you.  

Poland's very own IZA has been described as a hybrid of Feist, Lykke Li and Imogen Heap.  Her performance was light and weightless, her songs floating off the stage like butterflies tickling our 

This is probably why Snoop Lion featured her on his song "The Good Good" from his Reincarnated album which then led her to release three mixtapes on Snoop's label.   Not bad for someone who signed a record deal at 17 and has since been nominated twice for Poland's version of The Grammys.  With soft, rose-petalled vocals, Iza mesmerized those who managed to cram inside the Taix Front Lounge to see this 24 year-old perform. 


Iza
IZA performs during day 1 of Culture Collide in the Taix Lounge.
photos by picksysticks
And with that, day one of Culture Collide ended and I feel like I just spent six hours on a red eye across the globe. Five bands. Four countries. Three venues. And it was only Thursday.  Two more days to go.  

Also read: 
Day 2 - Culture Collide Recap & Photos
Day 3 - Culture Collide Recap and Photos
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