It could’ve been a coincidence, but the sun reappeared soon after Vancouver duo Japandroids arrived on stage. “Is there a spare kick pedal?” they asked one song into a typically hard-hitting set. Besides breaking their instruments and talking a mile-a-minute between songs, they played like a 33-rpm record at 45-rpm speed. Everything sounded nearly twice as fast as the recorded version.
There weren’t many fans there to witness the first four hours of music. My colleague Bob Gendron says he’s never seen a smaller crowd on a Pitchfork Friday, and I’d have to concur. The lousy weather definitely held the numbers down. We’ll see If attendance improves as the skies clear, dusk approaches and Feist prepares to headline.