Weekend one of ACL is officially in the books. And as we regather ourselves on this groggy and foggy Monday morning, we take a look back at some of the weekend’s highlights starting with Friday’s ACL Late Night performance at Emo’s with The Wombats and Yungblud.
Liverpool rock icons, The Wombats, released their fourth studio album Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life in February and made their return to Austin this weekend right smack dab in the middle of their current US Tour. This time around, they brought the rebellious punk antics of 20-year-old, South Yorkshire-native, Yungblud. With a mixture of hip-hop, punk and UK garage rock, there may not be a performance more energetic than Yungblud’s right now. The high-octane, spitfire poet is fresh off the release of his debut album 21st Century Liability and is also currently touring the US. Both The Wombats and Yungblud will be back in Austin performing during weekend two of ACL Fest. So, word-to-the-wise, do yourself a favor and add them to your ACL itinerary. In the meantime, enjoy the highlights below captured by Melodi Ramirez.
Photos by: Melodi Ramirez @melodi.jpg
Since making her debut in 2010, K.Flay has spun fearlessly detailed lyrics that show the bright and dark of the world in her head. For her second full-length Every Where Is Some Where, the San Francisco-based alt-pop/hip-hop artist pushed deeper into introspection while adding an element of political commentary. The result is her most deliberate and dynamic work yet, a thrillingly vital album that channels the frenzy and anxieties of today’s world.
The Stanford-educated, superlative MC, born Kristine Flaherty, was the first signee to Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds’ Interscope-distributed Night Street Records. Since releasing her sophomore album in early 2017, K.Flay has received two Grammy nominations for ‘Best Engineered Album’ and ‘Best Rock Song’ for her breakout single “Blood in the Cut“, a track that spent the majority of 2017 in the Top 5 of Billboard’s alternative charts.
K.Flay’s boundless musical style defies genres by weaving clever, articulate hip-hop with lo-fi, dark-pop productions and gritty alternative rock. But don’t be fooled by K.Flay’s childishly innocent vocals. Old fashioned seduction’s what she employs. That was evident with the sold-out crowd she drew at Austin’s Mohawk last Thursday with special guest, Doncaster’s spitfire poet, Yungblud. The Mohawk show was K.Flay’s next-to-last performance stateside before venturing across the pond during the month of April for the European leg of her tour and then wrapping up on the West Coast. For additional info and tour dates visit http://www.kflay.com/.
In the meantime, enjoy a few shots from K.Flay and Yungblud at Mohawk.
K.Flay “Blood in the Cut” video:
Photos by: Demetrius Judkins @wolfspiritofthesun