Circle pits, crowd surfing, rubber rafts, pyro, and a dance party. Of all the days, day 2 was the craziest.
We arrived at the expo center just in time to catch For King and Country‘s set. Though that was the least crazy part of the day, I still really enjoyed their music. The Australian brothers that make up the duo have crafted some great songs and know how pull them off live.
After buying a couple of t-shirts, I headed over to the Fringe stage. Bread of Stone was playing their last couple of songs. Tooth and Nail Record’s own Micah Dean was the emcee for the Fringe stage all week. I have to say, he did an amazing job. That guy is a riot. I don’t think he got the memo at first that he didn’t have to talk throughout the whole set change. That kept things entertaining. There was even some joke telling. “How much does a hipster weigh…?… AN INSTAGRAM!”
At the end of the week, I felt like all the people hanging at the Fringe were some mutant family with Micah as our main bro. There was a lot of hearts, bromance (I’m not a dude but whatevs), and love. I know, that sounds weird, you’d probably have to be there.
Becoming the Archetype as well as some face melting were next on the agenda. They really brought it. I’ve been a fan of their dynamic metal for a while now, but this was my first time seeing them live. No disappointment was found. Those dudes know how to rock hard. Oh the glories of a rebel Fringe stage, they started a circle pit. Unfortunately, Creation Fest frowns upon such behavior. Their aim is to create a family friendly environment with no chance of people being trampled. As a smallish lass, I say bring on the crazy. I do understand Creation’s point but… everything is more fun when you’re at risk of being trampled.
Afterwards, The Wedding took the stage. These talented guys put on one of my favorite Fringe shows of the years I’ve been going to Creation. They’re an all around great band to see. They sound great plus their high energy tunes get everyone around amped. Someday I really want to see them at a different venue. As much as I and the crowd loved them, I don’t think they made friends with Creation. After some crowd surfing and going a little over time, they pulled the plug on their sound. I wasn’t that mad though. They were at the end of their last song, which made it seem a little more over dramatic than anything. Dicey. A while later I met the fellows and got my shirt signed. You can’t judge somebody by a minute long meeting, but they seem like standup guys. It’s cool when bands take time to shake your hand, ask how you’re doing, and thank you for supporting them. Long story short, support this band and keep an eye out for their upcoming Tooth and Nail album. I heard a new tune there and I think it’s gonna be great.
Lunch followed, which is always fun at fairgrounds. I love me some grease. Family Force 5 were soundchecking, so me and my brother stopped by the mainstage for a bit (they’re his favorite band.) We headed back to the Fringe stage and caught about 2 minutes of The Letter Black’s last song. I wasn’t too sad about missing them, I don’t listen to their music, but I heard later from some Fringe friends that they are a good live band.
Shonlock (minus his band) came out next. At the beginning of the show some of the recorded tracks he was singing to went on the fritz. Instead of stopping everything, he took the chance to freestyle. Using the crowd’s clapping as his only beat, he went on to do a very impressive freestyle. The funny thing is that, instead of messing everything up, the technical difficulties brought on the highlight of the show.
Headlining the Fringe Stage that day was Disciple. Around the time they started, I was feeling pretty bla (my stomach didn’t know what to do with that grease) so I went and sat down a ways from the stage and talked to a lady about tattoos. I’ve seen Disciple before though and can recommend seeing them live.
Luckily, there was a pretty substantial break between the Fringe bands and the nighttime Main Stage acts. By the time Family Force 5 hit the stage, I was ready to jump up and down and wobble like an idiot. Whether you like FF5 or not, you have to admit their live show is like no other. In one word, they’re just plain fun. The crazy was contagious. At the start of their set, lead singer “Soul Glow Activatur” got in a giant bubble and rolled over the top of the crowd. Later, during their new song “Cray Button,” he ventured back to the crowd, only this time in a rubber raft. Besides all the gimmicks, they’re just great at playing and entertaining to watch. They slowed at the end of their set to play their only serious song of the night, “Superhero.”
Thousand Foot Krutch took on their first headling role at Creation NW that night. That was my fourth time seeing them live. I love how everytime I see them they step things up a little more. This was my first time seeing them since the release of The End is not the End, and their new songs fit in perfectly. They’ve got a lot of rock songs you can only fully appreciate live like “Fire it Up,” “Let the Sparks Fly,” and the classic “Rawkfist.” Pyro and a sweet light show made the whole thing even better. However, what I like about TFK is they don’t really need all the gimmicks in order for their show to shine. Frontman Trevor McNevan has a huge stage presence. Not only can they bring the rock, there were some very well placed calmer moments. I got chills as the crowd sang at the top of their lungs along to the worshipful “Already Home.” “Be Somebody” was another highlight. There were a lot of people miffed that Skillet didn’t come for their annual headlining night, but personally I prefer TFK. They never disappoint. I hope they get the chance to headline many more times.
Both stages were closed, but the night was still young. Like dead fish we went with the flow to the building chosen for Family Force 5’s dance party. The band DJed remixed versions of their songs, old and new. Group 1 Crew, Shonlock, Micah Dean, and a rotating lineup of fans graced the stage alongside Family Force 5. Much to everyone’s delight, the rubber raft and bubble made a couple appearances. Sweaty People were packed liked sardines in the building which seemed a couple sizes too small. It was cold outside, but inside it felt like a sauna. Everyone was jumping around and trying out their best dance moves. It was a blast. Great exercise, too.
Even though we ended up not getting to bed until 1, we all agreed it was very worth it. It was a memorable day indeed.