We’ve been busy the last week. As we took some vacations from our regular lives we could not keep away from some high quality music. So, we drove to the north of Portugal to the four-day-long festival Vodafone Paredes de Coura 2017. In its 25th (!!) edition, the festival featured some very big names in the indie industry merging several very distinctive styles into a beautiful eclectic experience. Some smaller names were also there, and it came to no surprise to us that same of them also gave concerts we will remember for a very long time. In the next pages we count-down what for us where the best acts of the festival and the reasons behind those choices.
10. King Krule
King Krule stole our hearts with his deep vocals and pertinent trumpet. The 22 year-old Englishman who already plays for a staggering 7 years showed how well accomplished and experienced he is at live shows. Keeping his sort of awkward vocalist trademark he put out a more than expected laid-back show, adapting the performance to the beginning of a warm night. Playing his most known hits like Easy Easy, Rock Bottom or the abundantly popular Lizard State, Krule and his band were like princes of the evening. An act that surprised us and which was even able to make us dance around the grass. Oh, and the bass on every song was so loud that the whole village might have adopted a whole distinct rhythm while at it.
9. Bruno Pernadas
Bruno Pernadas filled the stage with talent – literal and figuratively. He was accompanied by his band, a very peculiar bassist, Francisca Cortesão (from Minta & The Brook Trout) and Afonso Cabral (from You Can’t Win, Charlie Brown, who performed at the festival the day before). How did he coordinated all these people? As far as we know – brilliantly. Every song was received with a warm applause and respect. There was some dancing, some heads bobbing and loads of happy cheering. Bruno Pernadas is a great Portuguese artist and this concert just made it that more evident. The guitar was effortless and the rhythms all complementary, keeping the energy up high. The vocals were impeccable and the vibe was just what we needed during a sunset in Paredes de Coura. The audience asked for more but the time had already run out. Hopefully we’ll see them again with a bit more time and maybe a little later on the program.
8. Car Seat Headrest
The dream of every high-school formed band should be to reach Car Seat Headrest absurdly powerful level. At Vodafone Paredes de Coura they started with all the power they could drain from themselves. With the unusually matured vocals of Will Toledo contrasting his kid-looking face, and a guitar-leading sound that ripped the whole place inside out. They literally showed everyone they have no right to be depressed. And just like a metaphor to the band’s name, the concert condensed a mixture of 90’s music styles and influences into both enthusiastic and relaxing vibes. All in the right doses, sounding like they played together for 30 years.