Sasquatch 2011: Das RacistPosted by Nikki Benson
Das Racist came on stage about an hour late due to one of their members being delayed on their flight, but that just built anticipation. The good news was that was many of us were able to see the complete Archers of Loaf reunion show (AWESOME) at the Big Foot stage with zero guilt. When they finally did start the show, there were at least two thousand people filling every possible crevice of the Yeti field and about 30 photographers waiting to get their shots of the crazy trio.
Like we all expected, Heems was drunk, Dapwell was sarcastic and energetic, Kool A.D. was flirtatious. Das Racist showcased their jokes, banter, and signature dance moves. Heems, like the lovely person he is, drifted off into an a cappella version out of “You Make Me Wanna” by Usher; it was funny for the 15 fifteen seconds it lasted and became another indicator of his drug induced psychosis after it was clear he wasn’t going to stop singing. He got through the entire first verse before he got distracted.
Someone made the mistake of throwing a Soy Joy onto the stage, and of course that became a fixation for about 15 minutes between songs. “Everyone throw your Soy Joy on the stage. We love Soy Joy,” they said, pretending that they were being sponsored to make these comments. “What’s your favorite flavor of Soy Joy?” one of them (Kool A.D.?) asked. “At the count of three, I want you to yell what your favorite flavor of Soy Joy. One. Two. Three! SOY JOY!” One of the others, Dapwell I think, chimed in with “Soy Joy isn’t a flavor.” Heems said that they were from a band called Yeasayer for the entire set. The DJ kept playing “D-d-d-d-Das Racist” after he said it, I’m guessing as a just-in-case move.
They played with a live band yesterday–impressive brass section.
Love, love, love these guys. Love ‘em. Oh, and when they actually played their songs and weren’t acting like fools, the music was phenomenal. Their South Asian influenced beats are as unique as they are danceable. This is a band whose records should be purchased and shows attended.