Summer Camp @ Marymoor
BY KEEGAN PROSSER
This month, 107.7 The End will once again host its Summer Camp concert at Marymoor Park in Redmond. The annual day-long festival, which replaced the stations long-running End Fest in 2008, has fast become one of the most exciting concerts of the summer, showcasing both major acts and up-and-comers from around the world (last year’s fest featured Fun. and Alex Clare!)
For this year’s show, the station booked 10 incredible acts. Here’s the scoop on the five were most excited to see:
Cold War Kids
Hailing from Long Beach, Calif., Cold War Kids have been delivering raw, energetic rock songs since 2004 when they released “Hang Me Up To Dry,” from the band’s debut full-length release, “Robbers and Cowards.” Their most recent release, “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts,” which boasts a more calculated pop sound, has been making a splash on alternative radio, led by the single “Miracle Mile.”
Family of the Year
This act has built a reputation for their melodic male/female vocal harmonies and folk tale-stylings – all of which come fruition in breakout single, “Hero,” which has been getting major airplay on The End this summer. Plain and simple, this mellow, alt.-rock act just makes you feel good.
This duo from Brooklyn first caught my eye as the opening act at the Marina and the Diamonds show in Seattle last year. They’ve since released a killer single (“Hurricane), a full-length debut and a handful of quirky music videos. In addition to creating songs that are both spooky and danceable, it’s worth noting the female lead (known popularly as MS) is the most perfect mixture of pretty and punk rock (think Gwen Stefani of No Doubt meets Hayley Williams of Paramore).
The only Aussie band on this year’s bill, San Cisco brand of dance-friendly indie pop is just the sort of thing that’s appropriate for a sunny afternoon. Having already made a splash stateside with lead single “Awkward” (which makes a tale of unrequited love almost endearing), this band is sure to be one of the fan favorites at Camp. Their punchy pop, laced with relatable, laughable lyrics are a hoot.
While were all hoping that Aug. 10 doesn’t warrant “Sweater Weather,” it’s safe to say that seeing the Neighborhood perform their single of the same name is going to be a highlight of this show. This five-piece from California delivers moody alt.-rock with trippy, electronic undertones – and it’s all super catchy.