The bongos came out during
Peter, Bjorn and John’s set and that could only mean one thing, they were
getting ready to play “Young Folks” or the “whistle song,” as described by a
fan at the third day of Coachella.
Besides bringing out the
instruments, the trio also brought out some guests for a couple of their songs
during their set.
The band, which is best
known for their single “Young Folk,” brought out fellow Swedish singer Lykke
Li for the performance. Just prior to that they had brought out Robyn for their latest single “Nothing to Worry About.”
The group was making the
leap from a tent performer in 2007 to the main stage where they were on Sunday.
“We played two years ago
but this better,” Peter said. He was talking about how Paul McCartney had
played that very stage just two days before.
They played several songs
from their new album “Living Thing,” opening up their set with “Just the Past.”
But almost immediately into
their set, the crowd was thrown off with the sound. The bass was so high your
That prompted a fan nearby
to say that’s “a little more bass than I need.”
But the fans didn’t seem to
faze by it and just continued singing along with Peter.
As the indie band got into
their second song, “It don’t move me,” a group of fans moved their way through
the crowd waving a Swedish flag.
From “Lay it down” to “It
beats me,” off their 2005 album Falling Out, they seemed to be having fun. I enjoyed watching Peter, who was
either dancing in place or bopping around. At one point Peter went down the
stage and danced with the fans.
But the inevitable occurred
during their set, a “fan” asked who was who?
It’s almost as if Peter had
heard her, or they must get that question a lot because he introduced himself
and his bandmates.
“This is Peter,” he said of
himself, “this is Bjorn and this John.”