Sasquatch 2013, Day 3: Grimes

Photos by Matthew Thompson

To say I feel like I know too much about Grimes might be an understatement. While I’m not a mega fan in knowing facts like her favorite foods – I am a mega fan in that I’ve been fascinated by her since around 2009, long before Grimes was a giant and adored pop star. And I am happy to say that seeing her at Sasquatch – the largest venue I’ve ever seen her at – revealed that fame has only helped Claire Boucher to grow. Where her past work has reflected her influences to a degree, without totally fusing them into a solid form, you can now fully hear the K/J Pop, experimental/goth/industrial, and just plain pop inspiration throughout her performance – she now has the ability to full combine those elements into an insane show. From using her high pitched voice with a simple looping to create the feeling of listening to pop music who’s words are only occasionally in English (K/J Pop), to letting out Karen O sounding yelps and shrieks (truly terrifying at times), the performance is far less the dance music that people tend to expect from her based on Visions and far more an on-stage experiment. Not to say Claire would ever let her fans down – at the end she blazed through “Phone Sex” – as I’ve seen her do before to give her fans the dancing moments they desire. At Sasquatch Claire took stage in vampire-esque makeup and a layered outfit – layers she would shed at the night went on and including a jacket which I suspect is from the Versace even she played a few weeks ago – and was accompanied by two dancers who would not have looked out of place at Barboza’s J K Pop night.

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  1. Jl
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Over on the left side of the stage where we were at the sound was messed up — you couldn’t hear her vocals at all. Did it sound good from the center? So disappointing, I really wanted to get my Grimes on!

  2. Katherine Humphreys
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    JL – I definitely heard this from people. I was in the center, almost exactly, and the sound was great. I know a. that stage had sound problems earlier in the festival, and b. Grimes has been turning the volume down at her shows since she had to cancel her european tour because she was concerned about her hearing. I’m quite sad so many people didn’t have a positive experience at this show – I guess try again!

  3. lauren
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Unfortunately her family members were pretty upset about this, but wasn’t cool about it. A guy came first demanding the sound guys to turn up her vocals b/c they are her family and traveled so far to see her–well she sounded great to me. I was in the center. But her damn family was ruining my experience. They just were relentless, until another younger family member (cousin maybe?) refused to listen to anyone saying they had no control over it, and the girl didn’t have it and started to jump the fence up to the sound lady b/c she was blatantly disregarding their drunk “I am family and I know what is best” kind of attitude. Really Grimes family members?!! Those people have no control just b/c you “say” you are family members. I even saw Grimes say to turn it up once at the beginning, and she never said anything about it again. I just hope her family members don’t follow her around too much, b/c they ruined my experience. I totally understand your concern, but leave the sound guys to their job and ENJOY HER SHOW-it was amazing!! Do you really think you are better than anyone else to jump fences and demand people to turn up the vocals without repercussions. They ended up escorting the girl out–what a shame :(

  4. Katherine Humphreys
    Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    @lauren that seems weird, I would imagine family would be backstage. I also imagine people say all kinds of weird things at festivals to try and get what they want! Hope the rest of Sasquatch was great and you got to see other acts you liked with less drama.

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