Last week, I had the opportunity to be embedded in the tour down to Firefly Music Festival with Philly rockers, Cold Fronts
There's something special about the Philly music scene today that I am drawn to over and over again [Ed. Note: it's the home of Kurt Vile and the War on Drugs. Enough said.]. Through word of mouth from the tight knit music community, I have discovered so many talented artists that I am lucky enough to call my friends. I originally stumbled upon Cold Fronts when they played a show at The Barbary with fellow Philly natives, CRUISR. Since then, I have made a point of always trying to catch the group when they swing through New York.
Lead Singer, Craig Almquist, is one of the most entertaining and sincere musicians I have met during my time as a music photographer, and I can't help but be jealous of the artists who have toured with him thus far. On the short drive down to Dover from Philadelphia, Craig shared his true dream of running a blog dedicated to posting content from bands with triangles in their logo or album artwork. His current collection of photos ready to post is astonishing, and I wish him all the best in his triangle-themed expedition.
When he isn't scouring the web for triangle album covers, however, Craig is making music. If he's not writing or recording, he's touring. This persistence and passion landed the group a well-deserved gig at this year's Firefly Festival.
Before we even got to the stage, our van got stuck in the mud and we covered ourselves in several coats of dirt while trying to push the vehicle out. We only made the problem worse, but, fortunately, the band managed to carefully unload everything and begin their sound check despite our initial issues. Festival campers took immediate interest and took a break from setting up their tents to investigate the music cutting through the muggy Delaware campgrounds.
Before long, mic stands were thrown, mud was splattered, and when Craig went into the crowd to serenade the audience to a jamming cover of "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" [Ed. Note: Made popular by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons as well as 10 Things I Hate About You
], the colorfully clad group couldn't stop dancing. Since Cold Fronts performed on the first night of the festival before the crowd was completely worn out, there was enough energy to compete with the bands constant enthusiasm.
Cold Fronts kept tunes from their EP flowing, as well as introducing the festival goers to newer songs that extend beyond the four-song boundary of the EP. My favorite track of the set was probably the scarily catchy tune "Jackie" which sounds like it was written in a concrete garage in a San Diego suburb. Another crowd favorite was "Hit Me," which is the band's most famous track.
At the end of the show, Craig threw some of their EPs out into the audience. Unsurprisingly, new fans danced their way closer to the stage to try and grab a copy of Forever
When the weekend came to a close, and it was time to break down our little blue tent, the trip concluded with a late night drive back to Philly with the new Cold Fronts album on repeat. I tried to convince Craig to sing along to Forever Whatever
for us, but he managed to fall asleep a couple songs into the album.
Though I was exhausted by the time we got back to Philly, I couldn't stop myself from smiling at how many incredibly talented artists I've come to know. Cold Fronts just announced that Forever Whatever
will be released on September 25th, and if they happen to come within a 10 hour drive of your hometown on any of their dates with Made Violent this July, you would be foolish to not go.