-A.S. Detroit Lakes, MN
After last year’s Kinetix show at 10k, I was really excited to see what would happen this year. I know that the guys in the band left the stage last year feeling it was one of the biggest shows of their still young career. With their light show up and a crowd filling up after the Flaming Lips, Kinetix was ready to separate themselves from the rest of the bands that played at the OurStage Saloon.The hippie chick with incense standing next to me at the show marveled at how Blumenfeld could play two sets of keys at once. She must have missed him hitting his modulator with his foot.
As to not blow their load too early, Kinetix welcomed the growing crowd with a new tune, “Fighting For.” Opening with a new tune was a good move for a band playing at a festival for the third time. It gives returning fans something new to enjoy. “Talking to Faces” really kicked the party off though, and by the end of that song the Saloon was almost at capacity.
That’s a playing face that just screams too much rock for one hand.
“Afraid to Fall” included the breakdown from “Shout.” The whole band got to the ground as Eric Blumenfeld and Adam Lufkin quietly sang “a little bit softer now” and brought the energy level all the way back up as they got louder and louder. Crowd favorite “Spinning Out” included everyone singing the chorus as Blumenfeld swung his mic out over them.Lufkin getting a little bit softer now, a little bit softer now, a little bit softer now…
Lufkin drew a big laugh from the crowd when he thanked the Flaming Lips for opening up for them. The entire venue went nuts for “People Start Hoppin’” with everyone in the place jumping up and down for the whole song. A wailing guitar solo from Jordan Linit was a highlight from a rocking “Mr. Sinister.”The lights were a good effect as Blumenfeld banged away at his keys.
Kinetix closed their set off with a bang, covering “Killing in the Name Of.” The entire crowd went absolutely insane for the Rage Against the Machine cover. The show ended, but the crowd was cheering and pleading for more. With everyone still screaming, the stage MC got on and said that he thought they would need to put Kinetix on a bigger stage next year.