Snowbombing 2012: Day Two Review

Highlights from day two in the Austrian hills

Photographer:Anna Hyams

Anna Hyams, Chris Swindells - 11 April 2012

After finding our snow feet during skiing lessons with his daughter it’s hard not to be moved by a 59-year-old man in pink camo lycra, keeping everyone burning in a midday work out.

Come evening the muscles have soaked up the strain and everyone is ready for the sharper edges and punk fire in the belly of The Vaccines. Justin Young couldn't make the enigmatic frontman anymore formulaic. Flipping as he does from punk like proclamations, to adolescent insecurities, in a flick of his fringe.

Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)’ in the first five minutes has their Ramones audio-print stamped across it, like so much of the bands’ debut album.

When everyone hears how drummer Pete Robertson is playing with a broken thumb a sigh wave of pity sweeps the room. "This one's called 'Only a thumb'”, announces Young.

Tight guitar hooks and verse-chorus form, it's the traditional school of songwriting - get them in the first three chords, and don't let them go anywhere from there. Closer 'Nørgaard' is so simplistic, it’s audio dynamite detonating a crater into the Mayrhofen valley, and sending Snowbombing into a fever.

DJ Doorly oversees the revolving stage of more and more grandiose set designs, with more of a passion for scratching than a rabid cat.

DJ Yoda follows with just tongue-in-your-jaw-grinding good fun, a permanent smile plastered on his chops. Like Willy Wonka taking you through the audio-visual chocolate factory, Yoda has time for everything, from Pat Butcher to Blur’s Song 2. Opening with the traditional, pomp, ceremony and Star Wars reference, it's a dance galaxy not far from our hearts.

Haley & his comets get the funk treatment, then Mario ain't far behind either, but it’s Yoda’s super-fast DnB rendition of ‘Get Your Freak On’ that brings on a real intense flurry of dance moves. Even Masterchef’s Greg Wallace popped up for a little buttery biscuit bass. It seems like there’s nothing DJ Yoda can’t turn into a heart thumping beat, and everyone is loving it.

Hip-hop pioneers Jungle Brothers may be unfortunate following on from DJ Yoda, but comparatively everything here is flat, killing the vibe and the soul. Whilst their beats and rhymes are clean and clever, it’s really only the front few rows of bombers who are really in the spirit of it, the rest hitting the bars and bathrooms before DJ Shadow.

"This is the last time I do the shadow sphere show in Europe," announces DJ Shadow, introducing his show, setup and itinerary with the most relaxed statement of intent. 'What Does Your Soul Look Like (part 4)' the first reference to his 1996 classic 'Endtroducing…’.

After half an hour just a hand reaching up shows our man Shadow is still alive, like Blaine in a grand illusion, our mind has lost all sense of reality by now. 'This Time' is another drop into the DJ Shadow single collection, however ill-treated it is. But the show truly belongs to the stage design, and more precisely the visual images projected onto it. From revolving globe to basketball the sphere and space it inhabits.

Elsewhere Toddla T has fast rhythm and grind, going hard on the party - below ground level in the Arena.

Back in the Racket Club it's quickly becoming apparent it's too light for Zane Lowe, he tells everyone so, perhaps because the Kiwi could see the streams of people leaving the venue into the early hours. Only noise could make it right. The harder the Kiwi went from his trademark dance samples, and further towards a concoction of obscure hard bass and nineties breakbeat, the faster they run. Despite the eccentrities soon shown through, and no amount of horn sirens could save the set.

Click here for our coverage of Snowbombing 2012 live from Mayrhofen, Austria.


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