zoogma live @ euphoria fest 2012
would love a track name, if someone knows it. as far as i know, this was a new track, performed at the generally underwhelming euphoria fest in central texas. these guys were one of the only groups that seemed to really get the crowd engaged, after disappointing sound ordinances kept the volumes low and a heavy police presence led to a submissive and withdrawn crowd. i’ve never been to a ‘festival’ (and rarely even shows) where the collective mindset is so frustratingly distant, but the energy put forth by this oxford, ms/memphis, tn jamtronica ensemble was sufficient to draw people back into the moment.
other complaints that come to mind would be the four dollar bottles of water, the unhealthy food vendors (only two or three options) charging $9 for a plate of mediocre food, the awkward sensation of music from other stages being totally audible during performances, cops recklessly biking around through crowds, and the barely-of-age raver types who congregated around the stage featuring generic house music, mostly avoiding the stage i was camped in front of the entire time, which featured the impressive run of montu, wave farmers, welder, govinda, hobotech, supervision, archnemesis, and zoogma. actually, i guess the last one isn’t really a complaint, just an observation; would’ve been nice to see more appreciation for those aforementioned artists, but if those kiddies were there specifically because they want to rage to dance music, so be it. good thing i was there for free, right? that and the music kept me content….i do think the details are worth sharing though, for anyone considering going to the festival in future years.
zoogma will be at gnarnia this coming weekend, though their schedule conflict with tipper puts my presence at their performance in jeopardy. i’ve seen them four or five times, and tipper only once; i actually got a picture with them after their show in south florida last year, but my friend lost her camera soon afterwards. the closest comparison to their style of live electronic music would probably be lotus, with their incorporation of rock being a common theme through most of their songs. perpetual groove comes to mind as well, though those guys drift into lighter jams more often, sounding more like a night on the beach instead of a furious laser tag battle. zoogma has really come onto the scene rapidly and made a huge impact over the last few years, largely thanks to their highly popular ‘what the fuck is zoogma?’ marketing approach and the many people enthusiastically giving out free cd’s at a number of festivals, which has brought recreational vehicles into hands and car stereos all around the country. they’re in the middle of an extensive tour of the US right now, check out whether they’ll be in your city along the way.