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Fan-Belt @ Summerfest
June 29th, 2010
By Andy Tisdel
If Saturday’s show ends up as the last hurrah for Dairyland Youth, they can say they did Summerfest proud.The band, originally from Germantown, tore the roof off the Cascio Stage Saturday afternoon in a proud display of pure punk and left to wild applause from the crowd.
The energetic show featured singer Brad hopping around the stage, flinging the microphone stand around like a quarterstaff and climbing on the amplifiers in front. During the song “Hot Rocks”, which featured a blistering guitar solo from the lead guitar, Brad yanked on the microphone cord to gain slack, jumped off the stage and roamed through the crowd, yelling “HOT ROCKS!” and calling for response. Another time, he jumped off an amp and actually flipped it forwards off the stage. A fan handed it back up.
The fresh, angry screaming on songs like “Nazis at a Brat Fry” or “Wired” to open the show helped bring energy to the Cascio, but the real culprit was the band’s chemistry onstage. The DY website proudly proclaimed that the band “hasn’t been in the same room together in over 13 years.” Despite that, the banter between Brad and lead guitar Alex was lively and fun to watch. Extremely comfortable on Summerfest’s stage for the first time, Dairyland’s members cracked that “We sound better with more beer!” and were laughing and joking with each other throughout the show.
Whether it was a killer guitar solo, the guitarist playfully cutting off Brad’s “witty banter” with the opening bars of another track or simply watching the band blaze through 14 songs in 45 minutes, Dairyland Youth put on a really fun show.
The next band, Arkady, was a big comedown. Where DY was bouncing and passionate, Arkady seemed flat and uninspired. The lead singer made a joke early on about the band being “forced to be here” that rang uncomfortably true. The band never had anywhere near the same energy of Dairyland Youth.
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