DIIV Emerge as This Year’s Demigods
It was happy. It was sad. Happy. Sad. Everyone thinks The Cure are exclusively depressing, but half their catalog is a bright and sappy swimming pool of sunshine.
Early in their set at Lollapalooza, Robert Smith and his band played “Pictures of You,” proceeding to play half of their 2-hour headlining set with songs oozing with joy. From “Friday I’m In Love” to “Just Like Heaven” it was one spine-tingling hit after the other.
Flip the coin and you’re down in the dumps with songs like “One Hundred Years” and “The Hungry Ghost.” That was the second half. Nonetheless satisfying if not bone-chilling. Robert Smith reminds you that if you’re feeling moody, you’ve come to the right place. Thrilling.
Which brings us to: DIIV…
Is this Kurt Cobain? No it’s Zachary Cole Smith – frontman of DIIV. And no big surprise, DIIV says they are heavily influenced by – but sound nothing like – Nirvana.
Wearing old lady clothes like a jean vest and a floral print skort, Smith was romping about the stage, hair-in-face – playing the band’s jaw-dropping mostly instrumental tunes. A young band with a brilliant future. The demigods of this year’s Lollapalooza.