What is it about seeing a rockabilly dude in full boots, shirt and slick that puts me into a starfucked spell every time I see one in the wild? I mean, for one, you have to have great hair—something I find myself fetishizing as I get older. Equally as important as the hair (but not more important), you have to be one of those people who goes all the way and commits to the whole thing, and I respect the hell out of that. I mean, I imagine there are poseurs and weekend-warriors, like with any scene or look or whatever it is, but I just dig it, and I wish I had the balls to jump in the deep end. So I hope Imelda May has rockabilly scenesters that follow her around, because I want a show, dammit!
Everyone describes Imelda May as a throwback or a time-capsule, which means she sings tunes that sound a little like Billie Holiday and Wanda Jackson, with a light dusting of George Jones here and there—which is what you get when you boil rockabilly down to the gravy, I think.
But Outside Lands is supposed to be fun and Imelda May brings it. And not in the way some DJ “brings it” with his dope iTunes playlist and cheeseball crowd-pointing; Imelda May is going to bring a dance party to Lands End that no one else can bring, and you’re going to want to be a part of it.
Catch Imelda May on the Lands End Stage, Sunday August 10th at 12:30pm
Imelda May at Outside Lands 2014