The New Pornographers chugged along, despite the sparse crowd.
~Z.T.~ They never had a chance. Summer Camp is moe’s festival and as they took a break between their 4th and 5th sets of the weekend, The New Pornographers took the other stage to less than 100. It’s a shame that more people didn’t get exposed to the fun indie-rock band.
Lead singer Carl Newman poked fun at the tiny crowd, saying “I can’t believe so many people showed up for us. We’ll be on a first name basis.” He then hilariously said he enjoys supporting upcoming bands and thanked George Clinton for opening for them.
Female vocalist Neko Case is on the DL with a broken ankle, but they still sound great without her. Their smart dialogue and intricate vocals shone through on “Use It,” before they played a tease of “Blister in the Sun.” They stormed through “Old Show Stoppers,” “My Rights Versus Yours” and “Twin Cinema.”
As much as I wanted to be in the front row singing along, I spent most of it with my head down, looking for my car keys. More on this later.
~A.S.~ As Zack was wandering around looking for his keys, I enjoyed the rest of the New Pornos set. They went into the doo doo doo part of “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” before going into another song. Newman (right) asked what the name of that song they had started singing was, and said that if the whole world would sing the CSNY ditty, we would have world peace. I headed off to find some friends after they did Zack’s favorite, “Sing Me Spanish Techno.”