Music | Story by Ian Caramanzana
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Holy Ghost! Brought That Festival Feeling

Life Is Beautiful, Downtown Stage, 3:40 p.m. Oct. 24

 

Holy Ghost | Photo by Jon Estrada

Holy Ghost | Photo by Jon Estrada

Holy Ghost! faced several obstacles before they even struck their first chord: the sun, the sweat and the schedule conflicts. Their unfortunate 3:40 p.m. time slot forced them to compete against the highly anticipated Pussy Riot and perform under a blinding sun. Though they’re normally a duo, the Brooklyn-based synthpop project came as a five-piece and they delivered nearly an hour of dance/pop goodness that kept a fairly large crowd moving. The band’s more upbeat songs such as “Dumb Disco Ideas” and “Wait and See” were undoubtedly the highlights of their set and they channeled greats such as Depeche Mode and Erasure during the catchy “Hold On.”  Though singer Alex Frankel’s vocal performance was impressive, the band was forced to suffer through the Downtown Stage’s unbalanced sound. At times, the bass was too loud, which caused guitars and vocals to be difficult to hear or just downright inaudible. That didn’t stop the band from delivering a great performance, however, and fans tossed beach balls and waved signs—bringing that good ol’ festival feeling Downtown. ★★★✩✩