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- Posted on May 29th 2011 2:00PM by Jonathan Dekel
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The comments came shortly after the collective -- which, at times, can swell up to 10 members -- finished a shambolic version of Tyler, the Creator's solo single 'Yonkers' (11 million YouTube hits and counting) and summed up the mercurial happenstance of one of the most controversial hip-hop acts on the planet playing one of the most twee indie festivals in the world.
Set as a counterbalance to indie favs Animal Collective's mainstage closing performance, the 'horrorcore' rap collective opened their set impressively close to their intended 1:45AM set time and immediately fired up the fevered crowd (already bustling from Barcelona's Champion's League victory), busting out their in-your-face live theatrics that have become a staple of the group's live show.
Though most of the set's first half came out as an unintelligible mush of multi-microphone (and ego) chest bashing, once Tyler, the Creator managed to get his mic turned up and took charge of his entourage, the performance found its legs. Odd Future's fearless leader then had the time to breathe and take note of the situation.
Tempered by screams of 'f--- the police' -- a sentiment echoing the city's political unrest earlier in the week -- and the call and response of the group's name, the songs -- whose lyrics have been criticized as misogynistic and overtly violent, most recently by Sara Quin of Canadian indie sweethearts Tegan and Sara -- became more bass-heavy and feverish as the night went on, with members frequently disrobing and jumping into the crowd.
Though he managed to thank the Spanish audience for knowing his lyrics, Tyler, the Creator spoke mostly with a weird tone of apologetic bravado. An interesting word clash that parallels the shock value of the lyrics and the smooth, infectious beats and flow the group produce on record.
All this invariably led to the group's stage-invading closing, which went off, as expected, with one or two hitches. A security guard tried to keep the peace and was duly condemned by band members before giving up. A couple overly ambitious (and intoxicated) audience members who soon found themselves front stage center even found it in their hearts to moon and flash what remained of the audience as officials frantically tried to clear the stage.
As for Tyler, the Creator, after fleeing the scene, he found the time to reflect on the weird scenario via Twitter:
"Thanks Alot You Hipster F---ing Elitist" he tweeted at Pitchfork. "Spain Was Awesome. And We're Not Paying For That Mic."
As of now, Odd Future are still set to play the Pitchfork Music Festival on July 14.