Lowla: The Performers
Written by Bwog Staff
Lowlapalooza, a new festival of student bands on campus, is coming this Sunday! In the days leading up to the event, Bwog will introduce you to the performers. In our inaugural edition, music seekers Noel Gutierrez-Morfin, Sean Vonzie, and Alexandra Svokos respectively bring you Foggy Details, The Huet, and Bourgie Roots. The official set times have been released and are noted here.
The Foggy Details (2:35 to 3:15 pm)
Foggy Details has been around since the 2010-2011 school year, when Alie Jimenez, CC’13, decided to perform in a campus talent show (called C.U. R. Talented …okay, Columbia). She called up Noah Whitehead, SEAS ’13, Lydia Ding, CC ’13, Alex Tovar, SEAS’13, and Matt Lonski, CC’14, to join. Together, they came to be known as Foggy Details–a nod to the morning after a night of drinking where you can only remember the “foggy details.” An alt rock band influenced by Muse and Paramore, Foggy Details also benefits from touches of classical training, jazz influence in their percussion, and a darker sound.
Foggy Details is the kind of band you’d hear out of a jukebox at a bar populated by tough biker gangs, provided that the gangs were Joan Jett enthusiasts. Lead singer Alie knows her stuff, and her voice was made for rock and roll. However, Foggy Details serves up a twist with Lydia on violin, whose classical background is evident but totally works in such a haunting manner. Also check out Alex on the guitar, who owns the performance as soon as his solos kick in. Bassist Noah and drummer Matt lay the foundation for the band and really provide the motion and swing to the band’s sound. Together, they are ready to tear the house down at Lowlapalooza.
The Huet (4:50 to 5:10 pm)
Hailing from the disparate regions of the deep south and the garden state respectively, Esther Kim and John Chang’s The Huet isn’t an outfit to be pigeonholed easily by their sound. However, if pressed, you might mistake the duos minimal acoustic setup for that of the popular indie/folk band She & Him (at least until they bust out acoustic renditions of “Gangnam Style” and LMFAO tunes).
They’re fresh – literally, and in the temporal sense; the two have been playing together for only a few months. John admits his voice still cracks every now again but whatever man you ever listen to In the Aeroplane Over the Sea? The realest. You could serenade American Apparel models in a coffeehouse with The Huet’s tunes…they honestly just spit straight fire. One time Esther played a song with some lyrics about how it sucks to be old at a nursing home (gotta cultivate that mad rebellious image). Also, John plays sports. That sentence was cool and simple. John thinks The Huet is kinda like that too. If that’s something you’re down with you best catch their set Sunday.
Londo // Bourgie Roots (1:35 to 2:00 pm)
Bourgie Roots are the puzzle piece you never knew you were missing. They are the words you hear in your dreams and spend the rest of the day trying to recover. They are a rap duo on a mission. Requesting we withhold their names, Londo and
Bourgie Roots–Bourgie also called Merk Twain produce and write their own beats and lyrics, sometimes performing solo, while many songs include both rapping a verse or two. With a flow matching Childish Gambino’s smooth seething with referential lines like “call me young Eggo cuz you can’t leggo,” they claim to be inspired by no one but whale songs and Mongolian throat singing. They rap about screwing and drinking and drugs and don’t fear being censored this Sunday (“PrezBo’s all about freedom of speech,” they posit.)
Londo and Bourgie Roots kick it and have fun in action, ironically poking fun at tropes of the rap game. They are one of two rap acts on the lineup. In addition to the beats, they will be accompanied by a more traditional band. The band adds live highlights to the beats, giving them a more funk feeling and allowing Londo and Bourgie Roots to be more than two guys with an iPod. The band might include a guitar, bass, sax, drums, and keyboard. But with this group, nothing is certain–including if they even exist. You might see them at Lowlapalooza. You might see their impostors. You might see no one, but a cold reflection of yourself.