What could possibly be better than listening to sparkly Australian indie pop at an outdoor music festival that falls on the first weekend of summer? Probably nothing. This past week at Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, The Griswolds played a show that was easily the most danceable set I saw the entire weekend.
I was first introduced to The Griswold's in New York City's Terminal 5, when the Sydney-based foursome dazzled the room as they opened for Walk the Moon. Fast forward a few months, and I'm behind the Backyard Stage on a sunny Friday afternoon helping Chris, Lucky, Tim, and Dan blow up pool toys to throw into the crowd. Shortly after, nearly 20,000 eager fans and festival-goers packed together to dance along to the summery vibes pouring out from the stage.
It was great seeing the band perform more songs off of their debut album, Be Impressive
, than when I last saw them at Terminal 5. The Griswolds are a lot to soak in at once. Their songs are vibrant and beautifully written, and my only complaint was that the set didn't last longer. In fact, Be Impressive
is so well constructed that I can listen to it on shuffle and never feel obligated to skip a single song. Instead of following the trends of many current top 40 songs, The Griswolds speak from much more personal encounters while still maintaining a healthy balance of relatable stories and upbeat tracks.
My favorite part of the set was when Chris climbed onto the drums and had an epic percussion battle/dance off with Lucky. And the rest of the audience was just as enthusiastic as I was from the moment Chris skipped onto the stage to when he jumped into the crowd to sing with the front row. It's refreshing to see a band as genuinely talented as The Griswolds consistently bring so much positive energy and love to their set and fans. If you're not on The Griswolds bandwagon yet, you're slacking and seriously need to reevaluate your musical priorities.