There was plenty of listening to be done at the Northside Festival this past week, but we couldn’t help but do some looking, too. From beach-ready cut-offs to skin-flaunting rompers, asymmetrical skirts to artfully worn T-shirts, the weekend offered up a veritable pu-pu platter of style. But what happened behind the scenes? We sent a photographer and a reporter to follow around a few of our favorite bands to see what they were wearing—and in the process learned that a bad shoe decision results in not just a fashion faux pas, but also a lot of blood.
Photos by Dan McMahon.
Additional reporting by Sara Intrator
The boys of Beach Fossils have their girlfriends to thank for half of their clothes; Connor Hanwick, who was filling in on drums for the band’s Friday evening show, nabbed his T-shirt from his lady, while drummer Tommy Gardner (who switched to guitar) admitted to “cycling through five vintage tees that my girlfriend got me.”
Don’t stand too close to the stage at the Grass Widow show if you notice drummer Lillian Maring going barefoot. “I need to wear a certain kind of shoe when I’m playing the drums—if I’m wearing heels, I need to take them off. There was a show that we played a month ago where I took my shoes off and my feet were just totally beat-up [by the end of it],” she says, grimacing. “I won’t go into any more detail, it was gross,” she adds, but her bandmate Raven Mahon would: “There was blood splattering! There was, like, a toe across the room.”
You can’t argue with the classics—at least, that’s drummer Karys Rhea’s take on dressing for shows. “I love Dr. Martens. I have, like, three pairs of them,” she says. The rest of her outfit is based less on her personal favorites and more on what her bandmate goes for. “I just ask Christina what she’s wearing and then I try to coordinate accordingly,” Rhea notes. “If she’s like, ‘Oh, I’m wearing black,’ or, ‘I’m wearing a mini-dress,” then I’ll try to do something that will match what she’s wearing.”
If guitarist Andrew Futral is any indication, the ‘90s are back—after all, his outfit was head-to-toe Gap. “They were my brother’s and I stole them when he moved out,” he explained, adding, “I steal things from other people in my family.” Vocalist Rachel Browne didn’t “borrow” from her friends, but she did admit to wearing trash. “This bag is by Matt and Nat,” she said, pointing to her oversized tote. “They’re a really cool company—recycled, vegan—the interior is made of recycled bottles!” As for their favorite Brooklyn shop? For drummer Geoff Lewit, it’s a Bedford Avenue mainstay: “I like Brooklyn Industries. I don’t really shop there for myself, but I do for other people.”
Northside Style Diary: Dan McMahon
Taking notes from backstage at the McCarren stage.