I had a great time (if a little woozy by The Tripwires, thanks to Ryan from the Young Sportsmen buying me two Red Headed Sluts... and I'm an alcohol wimp), and it was a good sized crowd, and they were enthusiastic about the rock emanating from the stage.
Rather than try to write a review about each band, I'm going to let the photos do the talking this year. So, without further ado, here is your photo guide to Day One at the IPO.
Garage pop duo Catfight! started the night off with a bang:
They were followed by Portland's Beyond Veronica:
The Scheme was on third, but there are no photos, because I was on stage playing bass rather than in the crowd taking pictures.
The Young Sportsmen were on fourth, and they put on what I thought was the best set of the night:
The Small Change is such a great band that even when they come close to coming completely off the rails, it's still a great rock show. I know I said I was going to let the photos do the talking, but I have to tell a Small Change story. I was snapping pictures and had a perfectly framed photo of Greg in mid jump. But, due to the delay of my digital camera, he landed by the time the shutter engaged, resulting in a perfectly framed photo of his ass. Sadly, I accidentally deleted the shot.
Stuporhero was the second male/female duo of the night, but their ace in the hole was a mannequin named
The Sterling Loons followed Stuporhero, and did a number of tunes from their upcoming album, which they described as a "popera."
Closing out the night were the fabulous Tripwires. It took them a while to get on the stage, because Mark seemed particularly annoyed and frustrated by the drum kit. His frustration continued into the first couple of songs. But, once they all settled in, they killed it.