Another SSG Music favorite from Reverb Fest, albeit no surprise at all, was You.May.Die.in.the.Desert. They are one of the few post-rock bands that have survived the post-rock apocalypse, a.k.a., the “I’m bored of writing music like this; let’s do something else” phase. R.I.P. Sleepy Eyes of Death. R.I.P. Bronze Fawn, de facto R.I.P. Joy Wants Eternity (maybe something will happen with those guys eventually). Panther Attack played a show recently, hopefully we’ll be hearing more from them. Thankfully, there are still a couple bands here in Seattle that are representing a one of the most intense, beautiful forms of music (post-rock). You.May.Die.in.the.Desert has stepped back into the forefront of the scene, and they have even written new material in the past six months (two videos embedded below).
Their performance was very strong. Bassist Brandon Salter was more boisterous then usual, thanking his friends and family that came out, and also thanking all of the people who were hearing them for the first time. He spoke about how music, even instrumental music, makes a political statement and encouraged everyone to get out there and support other politically active bands. Often times post-rock bands play the aloof card, but not on this occasion.
You could tell that You.May.Die.in.the.Desert were very excited to be there. They put their backs into it, and the crowd was indubitably pleased. Check out the videos below.