The Milkman’s Union, for us, was possibly the best “discovery” of this KahBang, by not only backing some of the most anticipated acts of the fest, but also delivering one of the more captivating sets of music we have seen in a while. When they were on stage, there was a nonchalance and introverted swagger to the group, while their intricate folk songs showed a deep knowledge and appreciation for the music they make. Frontman Henry Jamison writes thoughtful, naturally steeped laments. The lyrics are barrel-aged, romantic. His voice is various shades of blue. Their music is loosely labeled as fingerpicking folk, but it utilizes their large range of influences. We saw their set at the Think.Maine Stage on Friday at KahBang as well as the night before at Sea Dogs Brewery. They killed it both times, and had Aly Spaltro a.k.a. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper join them both times to perform their most recent single “Texas Hold Me” which featured Spaltro on vocals, obviously. Ever since their jarring, beautiful rendition of “Bright and Future” on Friday, we haven’t been able to stop listening to them. Check them out, and we imagine that you’ll do the same.
We caught a few songs by Aloud from Boston. They, as their name depicted, were loud-as-shit, guitar-driven rock. The female-fronted act featured powerful vocals and rollicking roots rock guitar.
Over on the 2nd Stage, we caught a great set by Darlingside. The globetrotting string-folk collective utilize unintimidating instruments to make, at times, surprisingly hard-hitting music. Made up of individual songwriters each with their own flair, the classically-trained band creates layers of harmonies and laced melodies. The violin playing was especially impressive, though they could all play. In my notebook, I wrote down “Blow the House Down” so that song was apparently especially good, but also the hanging speakers were blowing a precariously large amount, so I could have just been nervous.
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Check out our photos from Day 1 right HERE. - Adam G.