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4Knots 2015 Sets Summed Up In Three Words

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Sometimes, less is more. We’re going to be rolling out with our thoughts on the 2015 4Knots Music Festival performances soon enough, but before we do, we’re sharing the three-word set reviews we canvassed the crowd for while holding onto our eardrums in Hudson River Park on July 11.

From Surfbort to Screaming Females to Super Furry Animals’ rather meta closing number, the sets at 4Knots were just as enthusiastic, merciless and loud as the crowd that lost their minds to the music unfolding before them. In three words or less, here’s how 4Knots patrons felt about Super Furry Animals, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks and more.

SURFBORT

“Dirty, straight-up punk-rock” – Angelica, 47

“Really kick ass” – Buddy, 32

HEAVEN

“Raspy, melodic, flowing” – Jenny, 42

“Takes A Journey” – Erin, 42

HEATERS

“Early Aughts garage” – Grant, 27

“Refreshing thrash rock” – Ty, 23

MEATBODIES

“Fucking awesome… untilTwinPeaks” – Shane, 22

“Rippin’ hot cheese” – Matt, 33

“Thrash-worthy guitrmonies” – Chris, 24

“Rhythmic, meaty energy” – Pat, 51

HAPPYNESS

“Happy-go-lucky” – Mike, 28

“British bloody valentine” – Henry, 23

“Dreamy, loud, mystical” – Jonathan, 23

“Mesmerizing, magical, British” – Nadine, 23

SCREAMING FEMALES

“Loud, angry, great” – Patrick, 51

“God damn amazing” – Jay, 30

“Really fucking heavy” – Jacob, 17

“Intense, melodic, virtuoso” – Mike, 43

“Empowering and terrifying” – Erica, 28

“Crazy, sexy, powerful” – Leah, 22 and Nikko, 23

MIKAL CRONIN

“Garage, rocking, fun” -Trevor, 16

“Awesome, killer, the best” – Susan, 18

“Enjoyable new sound” – Robin, 23

“California vibes, Geil” (which is German for awesome… and horny) – Juliane, 31

“One kick-ass time” – Zach, 21

“Gold Hollywood sounds” – Mike, 45

TWIN PEAKS

“Cig-smoking adolescence” – Caitlin, 27

“They Were Hammered” – Damon, 40

Virgin Suicides, period” – Peter, 27

“Dude vomited onstage” – Jon, 40

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS

“Excite, dethrone, glittering” – Josh, 25

“Funny, bluesy, whimsical” – Ben, 26

“Effective, affective, fun” – Chris, 26

“Languid, notes, treasury” – Justin, 26

“It was fantastic” – Lorin, 30

“SO FUCKING RAD!” – Andre, 28

“Aging gracefully, live!” – Evan, 29

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS 

“British space men” – Kevin, 29

“Weird psychedelic power” – Jesse, 20

“Awesome, surreal, funny” – Ben, 42

“Classic, inspiring, solid” – Omar, 30