From Anticipation to Yearning: Benjamin Carter’s Truncated Brilliance at Bleached Festival Thoughts+Photos: Benjamin Carter at Bleached Fest 8/5/23
SAN DIEGO, CA- Excited to get my first taste of the inaugural Bleached Festival, I arrived to the concert grounds early enough to catch an act that had recently caught my attention. I found myself standing in anticipation, eager to get lost in the whirlwind that is Benjamin Carter. Having been impressed with his 2022 release “Black Boys On The Radio: Part I”, it was no surprise that a sizable throng had gathered with me, all waiting for a dose of Carter’s explosive indie alt/rock brilliance.
There’s a kinetic energy about “Black Boys On The Radio: Part I” that stands out in the plethora of indie releases. It tugs at your inner alternative spirit with tracks that dance delicately between dreamy ballads and unbridled, frantic anthems. It’s not just an album; it’s a statement, and I was here for it, live.
But things didn’t quite go as expected.
The festival’s air was thick with impatience as whispers of a delayed start began to circulate. The dreaded time ticked on, testing the patience of even the most devoted fans.
When Carter finally took the stage, it seemed… at least to me… based on what I could see in the wings of the stage… that the tardiness wasn’t his choosing. He dived straight into a frenetic rendition of one of his tracks, making an immediate attempt to bridge the growing gap between artist and audience. With every riff and chorus, Carter’s raw passion permeated the atmosphere, reminding everyone present why they had been so keen to see him.
However, just as we were beginning to lose ourselves in the intoxicating tapestry of his music, the ruthless constraints of festival scheduling had taken their toll, cutting Carter’s performance short and leaving a sea of fans both elated at the electric showcase but also ravenous for more. Bleached Festival offered a tantalizing taste of Benjamin Carter’s immense talent, but it also left us yearning.