Kikagaku Moyo took to stage at Bonnaroo’s That Tent Sunday afternoon with no fancy lights, no LED video wall, or even a backdrop with a logo. Even so, the five-member Japanese psychedelic rock band left the crowd wanting for more.
Dressed in colorful tops and trousers, all with long haircuts straight from a 1960s fan magazine, Kikagaku Moyo’s sound was even more intoxicating.
With most of the performance being filled with strings and drums, numerous other sounds filled the tent. Aside from their melodic voices, wind chimes, cowbells, keyboards and rattles made for very earthy tones for the first half of the show.
Slowly and methodically, what at first was a peaceful and easy-listening set soon turned into a rock show. The soothing sounds of the electric shamisen were replaced with electric guitar solos in the blink of an eye—and the fans loved it.
If it wasn’t for a member of the Bonnaroo staff coming up to the front of the stage to tell the band their set was over, Kikagaku Moyo would likely still be playing.
Finally wrapping up their last song, the band was greeted with a deafening applause. And after waving and hugging each other for a brief moment, the band soon began to pick up and pack up their equipment—and the crowd continued to applaud.
This went on for nearly three minutes before the members stopped packing and headed down from the stage to greet their faithful fans.