I’m not going to lie, I’m ecstatic about Sleigh Bells playing Sendoff. I think it’s an excellent choice, and there’s no doubt the band will put on a great show. That being said, I can’t help but feel that the Social Board missed an opportunity to pick a more Kenyon-esque act. Someone quirky, someone weird. Below are a few bands that I think would’ve been a better fit, or, at the very least, more interesting.
- The Decemberists This hyper-literate indie folk band would fit in perfectly at Kenyon. Lead singer and lyricist Colin Meloy is notorious for his verbose prose–and they use mandolins–which all Kenyon students apparently love. To top it all off, they have a nearly nine minute (accordion featuring!) song about a bastard child and his ship captain father getting swallowed by a whale. If that doesn’t scream Kenyon, I don’t know what does.
- Behemoth This one would just be entertaining as hell. I can just imagine all the *cough* intoxicated students being punched in the face by this aural assault. Besides, the band members look like a Satanic KISS cover band. A little sacrilege is always nice before heading back home for the summer.
- The Weird Sisters (Opener- Draco and the Malfoys) I don’t care if the Weird Sisters aren’t technically “real.” Harry Potter is still real to me, dammit. If we can’t get them, we could at least get Draco and the Malfoys, who play wizard rock (“wreck”, as fans of the genre refer to it). Put on your wizarding robes and boogie down.
- Mac DeMarco Mac’s band is notorious for their insane live shows, which have been known to feature bizarro cover medleys and Mac himself stripping down to nothing but his birthday suit. I think we as a campus deserve a performer as insane as we are. Oh, and the tunes are pretty rocking, too.
- Pentatonix Kenyon might be one of the only college campuses where the a cappella groups are a bigger deal than the sports teams. Concerts by the likes of the Owl Creeks and the Chasers routinely fill Rosse Hall. Though the campus groups are excellent, I bet many at Kenyon would enjoy seeing the pros show us what they got. They do covers, too, so there would be something for everyone to like.