So we had this idea before we left: rent a house not far from the festival and transform it, over the course of three days, into a house of revelry, with a stockpile of cold beers, barbecue in the garden, and fences set up on the lawn. We found all this; all we had to do was wait for the fans and bands to show up. This plan, however, didn't take into account the overcrowded atmosphere of Route du Rock, the comfort the festival provides bands (they're encouraged not to leave the site), our lack of preparation, or the work we had to do then and there-which made us transform the living room of the house into a huge, improvised editing room. In the end, there was only one party in the villa, but with the necessary bands. During my discovery of Survival last year, I dreamed of nothing but this: to hear Forest Fire play "I Make Windows" and their other pearls at the end of a serene evening. Their music seemed made for drunkenly lounging, for ashtrays full of cigarette butts, for lazy congregations of six piled on one couch. We got lucky: they played their first French concert at the Palais du Grand Large. The concert was somewhat muted, soft belly and grandiose finale, but it made us want to hear more. That night, in the middle of the Kills' set, we left and went to the villa with the band. We started a barbecue, we lit candles. Nathan and Adam set several pedals on the garden table, plugged in our portable amps, and the party commenced. It was lovely. The band is so full of humor, so ready to play anything, and they are just perfect. Listen right now. At 1am, we learned that the Papercuts decided to meet up with us. When their van dropped them off, they were in a catastrophic state: exhausted, drunk. Sitting on a garden chair, Jason seemed to fall asleep over his guitar. But when they started to sing, they tapped into a secret pocket of energy, and their harmony-filled "John Brown" was a thing of beautymoreless
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