It’s never easy going on first at a festival, particular under the blazing sun of an unexpectedly hot late-October day. But Australian six-piece Alpine proved up to the task, drawing a solid early-Saturday crowd to the Ambassador Stage (much of it tightly packed in the shade cast just left of the sound booth) and making its mark as a rising indie band to watch.
In particularly, the dreamy vocal interplay between female frontwomen Phoebe Baker and Lou James left a lasting impression, as the group played bouncy, synth-tinged tunes somewhat reminiscent of Metric’s music. A lot of LIB acts would surely prefer to play at night, but Alpine’s sound felt especially equiped more for dark clubs than garlic fry-scented fairgrounds. Hopefully, they’ll find their way back to Vegas before long.