Independence Jam 2015 hosted by FM 94.9 radio in San Diego revealed that it is all “about the music”. If you play it they will come – even in record heat and high humidity. Saturday, September 12, 2015. FM 94.9 Indie Jam 2015 was the sold out show of the summer. Although the day was blistering, the beautiful backdrop behind the Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre added to the amazing afternoon. The show featured 2 stages and was headlined by Silversun Pickups with performances by Metric, Houndmouth, Meg Myers, Civil Twilight, Bully, and The New Regime.
San Diego native, Ilan Rubin’s, solo project The New Regime kicked off the afternoon on the main stage. The afternoon sun continued to fry the crowd as Bully hit the second stage shortly after The New Regime’s final drum beat.
After a half hour set the narrow gantlet between stages got its first traffic bottleneck transporting concert goers from the side stage to the main stage. Traffic flow through the corridor would only degrade through the rest of the evening – some concert goers eventually choose to stay on one side or the other. Next on the main stage was Civil Twilight. The South African alternative rock band is out promoting their #StoryOfAnImmigrant 2015 fall tour.
Back to the side stage with the highlight artist of the night, newcomer Meg Myers. Meg Myers offers a raw energy that captivates the audience longing to hear more. While her dark and self-loathing lyrics might turn you away Myers’ full body flinch and stiff dance moves on stage make it hard to peel your eyes away. Sorry, I Really Want You to Hate Me, and Lemon Eyes were among the short setlist.
Again a cattle drive formed across the bottleneck into the main stage area to see Houndmouth. Fans in the front row were excited to see Houndmouth perform. During a short intermission before the band came on stage, a band technician setting up the instruments gave a guitar pick to a few of those lucky fans. As Houndmouth closed out their set with their song Sedona, the sun set behind the stage leaving fans a picturesque view – making up for the extremely blistery day.
Fans now flocked to the second stage again to see Metric. The audience was now almost 3 times as big as it had been all afternoon. Some even tried to climb up the sandy hill incline to get better view. Metric new album, Pagans in Vegas is out now.
Finishing off the night back on the main stage was Silversun Pickups. Silversun Pickups new album “Better Nature is streaming on Pandora right now before its official release on Friday September 25, 2015. Preorder now at iTunes or Amazon:
Or watch a Silversun Pickups new music video for the new single “Nightlight”