May 1, 2023

Daydream Festival @ Hordern Pavilion

2023 saw the birth of the Daydream Festival. Classic Indie Rock travelling around Australia. Modest Mouse was the headliner and that was enough to get me along. Sadly for many fans Slowdive were a late withdrawal, although not for me. So I ventured to the Hordern Pavilion on Saturday night to check it out and I came away very pleased. Cloud Nothings were the first band I saw and the Ohio band as usual absolutely shredded. Just huge power and phenomenal drumming. Closing with an epic 'Wasted Days' was near perfection. Next up was New York band Beach Fossils and I was very impressed. First time I have seen them and was pleasantly suprised by the power they generated for a band known for their melodic stylings. They have a new album coming in June, so definitely keen to hear it now. I took a break during Tropical Fuck Storm as I am definitely not a fan of that band.

Then Modest Mouse closed proceedings and I was super excited as they are one of my all time favourite bands. I have seen them before but it's a been a while. They started spectacularly with the opening two songs from their classic debut album. Of course being a veteran band they have a large catalogue, which also means that their later albums are a bit inconsistent in quality. So even though it's expected they would play latter day songs I though the set list was a little lacking with not many classic songs played at all. It was all still pretty enjoyable though and the band sounded great, but I was just hoping for a bit more variety. 'Tiny Cities Made of Ashes' was great to hear though and the encore gave us two from their all time classic album in 'The Lonesone Crowded West', with closing song 'Teeth Like God's Shoeshine' a total highlight. A great way to end a very enjoyable night.

Modest Mouse Set List
We Are Between
We're Lucky
Satellite Skin
Ice Cream Party
Gravity Rides Everything
King Rat
Fuck Your Acid Trip
Tiny Cities Made of Ashes
Lace Your Shoes

Here's To Now
Float On
Doin' the Cockroach
Wooden Soldiers
Teeth Like God's Shoeshine