Bit late on this one sorry. I missed most of Valley Fiesta this year due to work and moving, but I did manage to catch some bands on the Friday night.
The first of these were Grand Atlantic who were, aside from some standard classic rock maneuvers and poses, pretty lacking in all departments. Also playing on the Chinatown stage was Tim Steward. While Tim is definitely a solid performer and he solo work is some of his best, I just can't help wishing that I was watching Screamfeeder instead.
Next it was off to Rics for Stature::Statue and the Re:Enactment. This was the first time I'd seen the Re:Enactment and they definitely proved that colon's in band names are good thing. The band's take on electro-rock (or electroclash, or indie dance, or nu-rave, or whatever you would like to refer to it as) was refreshing with the goal obviously being to keep the rock at the fore. Stature::Statue are proving how consistent they are by playing yet another wild and exciting set. That said it is only a matter of time before Dion impales an audience member with his guitar. The bands stage antics are definitely outgrowing the small Ric's stage.
The final band I caught was Dave McCormack at The Zoo. The gig was a launch for the soundtrack to the film All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane, and the CD has an excellent array of local artists. Dave played an excellent set as per usual, with the majority of the songs picked from his work with Custard.
To make up for the lack of a review for the Saturday and Sunday of Valley Fiesta here's a very shaky recording of Tim Steward performing Screamfeeder's 'Modern Morning'.