Fri 17 Sep – Ceremony, Screen Vinyl Image, Stellarscope, Sounds Of Kaleidoscope
I got off from work at 5PM, battled traffic on I-95 from Wilmington to Southern Philadelphia suburb of Havertown. I met up with my band mates, Bob Forman and Robert DeFlaviis. We packed my Nissan Xterra and headed towards Philadelphia.

Despite it being a Friday night in the City of Brotherly Love traffic was light and we got to the PiLam in University City Philadelphia in no time. We circled around the block to park in the back alley of the PiLam. We met up with Alex Nic, the organizer of the event, and we discussed the logistics for the equipment load in. As we head out to download our gear we cross paths with Paul Baker and John Fedowitz of Ceremony, they were also bringing gear in.

Once we were done with the fun part of being in a band (being your own roadie), we all went to Copa Banana for some Caribbean inspired food, drinks, and Coronas. The service and food were very good but it took some time to get our bill. We all get back to the PiLam to find out that missed most of Space Ghost Cowboys, who had been added to the bill as openers at the last minute! We met with Kim and Jake of Screen Vinyl Image and caught up with each other. Later on in the night I had a nice chat with the nice folks of Space Ghost Cowboys.

Stellarscope took the stage and played a high octane set to a dim red light. It was intimate with the fans all at the edge of the stage. Soon after, The Sounds of Kaleidoscope took the stage and brought their ethereal jam antics to the next level. They swirled through the stage like the high frequency sounds they were creating. Ceremony followed with their bombastic post-punk shoegaze infused sound, the visuals synchronized to the beats, and the high energy performance of Paul and John. Screen Vinyl Image was headlining this sonically charged bill. They brought the roof down with their synth heavy electro dreampop, fuzzed out guitars, and tantalizing video imagery.

It was 2 AM at this point, all the people that attended were buzzing with excitement, buying merchandise, and talking to the bands. We reminisced of the days of the PopNoise Festival and the Walls of SoundFest. Everyone was so friendly and loved the event. We then loaded our vehicles; we said our good byes to the people in attendance as well as in the other bands. We parted ways into the darkness of a brisk summer night with stars in our hair.

And I said to myself… “It was a great night!”- Tom Lugo

Links to the bands:
http://www.myspace.com/screenvinylimage
http://www.myspace.com/ceremonytheband
http://www.myspace.com/thesoundsofkaleidoscope
http://www.myspace.com/stellarscope
http://www.myspace.com/spaceghostcowboys

Videos:

Ceremony

Screen Vinyl Image

PiLam Shoegaze Festival Video Review

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