Last weekend, San Francisco was thoroughly rocked by the 16th installment of the Noise Pop music festival. I've been letting you in on my Noise Pop diary from the main acts I saw, but I also wanted to share some of the smaller bands and hidden gems I discovered. Today's find: Whispertown2000.
While patiently waiting for M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel to take the stage at The Great American Music Hall on Sunday night (more on that later), I was treated to several opening bands, but it was Whispertown2000 who stood out the most. The four-member band's on-stage shenanigans and overall effect were upbeat (at one point, the ladies who do all the singing each took a stick and co-played the drums while the guys danced around with their guitars and bass up front) . Whatever you call it — indie rock, emo, or something else entirely — music in this genre sometimes lends itself to the melancholy side of things. What struck me most about this band was how much fun they were having on stage, and their infectious songs matched that showmanship.
Their album Livin' in a Dream has been out for a year, and though I've only been listening it since Sunday, I'm already addicted. If you're a Rilo Kiley fan you'll definitely dig this: Their record was released on Rilo Kiley's own label, Brute/Beaute.
To watch a cool animated music video from Whispertown2000,