Come one, come all to Vox's second ever Vox Fest!
What started as a pandemic experiment in the fall turned into an annual tradition. For this year's Vox Fest, Vox invited six local bands to perform May 4 through 6 in digital concerts streamed on Vox's Facebook page.
In case you missed it, here's a little about the local groups and videos of their performances, including post-performance interviews.
"I kinda liked the idea of not being seen. You know, behind the scenes and in the shadows," says HF Ghost in his interview with Vox.
After starting his rap career as Hidden Figure on SoundCloud, and later adapting his stage name to HF Ghost, he has spent countless hours in the studio writing music.
"I only record like five percent of the time that I am here," HF Ghost says. "I write music every day for hours."
HF Ghost showcased his wide variety of flows during his performance. For example, on Late Night Outro he demonstrates his lowkey style with a song about the stories that fade into the late night, forgotten for no one to hear.
His sound does a complete 180 in his single H.Y.H, where he rants with a calculated, rambling flow about his life and why he stands out from other rappers.
Lastly, he reveals a darker and more vulnerable side in I don't know. That's what is unique about HF Ghost. He adapts his flow based on the story he is telling in his music, and he told many different stories during his Vox Fest performance.
Unlike HF Ghost's lowkey nature, Pilot Jaxk embraces the spotlight that music presents. He is shamelessly himself, and his rap embodies that.
Pilot Jaxk is very much a trap rapper, meaning most of his music is upbeat, snappy, in-your-face and street-confessional.
"I get my sound my from old-school trap music," Pilot Jaxk says.
For anyone who isn't familiar with trap music, Pilot Jaxk's Vox Fest performance provides a taste.
Day 2 of Vox Fest departed from the rap scene and entered the realm of indie rock with Camp Childress. Even with a few technical difficulties, Camp Childress still rocked the house.
Dillon Jones' in-pitch, monotone singing style, Tucker Murphy's funky guitar playing and Justin Bohannon's slashing on the drums made their performance all come together in one fantastic sound.
Like HF Ghost, this concert had a wide variety of sounds, keeping the audience on their toes. Camp Childress started with a slower melody with Into the Sun, then flipped the script to a more upbeat tempo with Tuesday.
The most intense song of their performance was the final number In the Sink, where Jones ripped off a vicious guitar solo. Even with the intense parts of the performance, the overall vibe was inviting because of how comfortable the band was performing. Jones often cracked jokes and tried to get the other members involved.
If you enjoy great indie rock music and a hint of some cheesy stand-up comedy, you won't want to miss Camp Childress's performance.
The Burney Sisters
The Burney Sisters are another indie band, but their acoustic sound is much different.
Olivia Burney plays the acoustic guitar and sings. Emma Burney plays the cello and guitar and sings as well. The youngest member of the group Bella Burney is the final piece to their harmony puzzle with her background vocals.
Their somber melodies are haunting yet beautiful. They make it so the audience can feel every time they change their rifts and the pitch of their voices. It sounds like they have been singing together their whole lives — and that's because they have.
For their Vox Fest performance the group chose Shelter's Garden, where they had also performed six years ago to the day.
Crooked Fix calls themselves a psychedelic indie rock band. However, they feature different elements of other forms of rock as well, according to guitarist Mickey Jamison.
"I can't speak for everyone else, but I think we all took our own inspirations from what we listen to and blend them together," Jamison says.
This blended dynamic is very present during their concert. At times they sound like a funk band with songs like Life is Good and Day Dreamin. Then, they give off some traditional indie rock vibes in Disincorporate.
Their ability to change up their melodies is very indicative of the band, given they all bring different things to the table.
Vox Fest was their first show in front of an audience since the pandemic. Even though it was an audience of two at their house, they were still thrilled to feed their hunger for live performance.
"Cameras don't clap, move, or dance," Crooked Fix vocalist Hallam George says. "So, it was really awesome to have you guys here."
Last, but certainly not least, Self Hug closed out Vox Fest Spring 2021.
Self Hug is a bit misleading — their sound is intense, to say the least.
They express their art form through scream singing, hardcore guitar and drums, while still possessing some indie rock quality. Because they are an indie rock band, just on steroids.
Recapping their performance wouldn't do it any justice given how unique it is. So, please do yourself a favor. Hit play and experience Self Hug to their fullest.