Nancy Pants Lake Stage, Guelph ON, July 25

Nancy Pants Lake Stage, Guelph ON, July 25
Photo: Atsuko Kobasigawa
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Montreal three-piece Nancy Pants brought their lo-fi indie rock sound out of the garage and into the festival tent for their early afternoon Saturday performance. Bringing rock'n'roll back to its basic best, the trio of Ohara Hale, Adam Waito and Jeremy MacCuish ran through cuts off their debut LP like "Happy," "Somebody," and "Apple," though they did treat the crowd to a charmingly brash new track. Waito even took the lead on vocals for the group's penultimate cut "Halley's Comet," though Hale was undoubtedly the star of the show with her vocal acrobatics that ranged from snarling growls to expertly controlled shrieks, all backed by an effortless stage presence and swagger.
 
Combining the perfect mix of punk-tinged instrumentation and catchy pop hooks into short, sweet blasts of sound, Nancy Pants' songs easily won over onlookers in the crowd (which included fellow Montreal performers like Look Vibrant and Braids). Adding some edge to the afternoon of folk-friendly acts, Nancy Pants were a fun and refreshing way to kick off the second day of the festival.