Outer Minds in 2011

Most of the acts on the bill at this past weekend’s Pitchfork Music Festival are the type of professionals who hire managers and publicists and work well within an indie music industry that now looks remarkably similar to the mainstream one. Not so Chicago’s Outer Minds, who pair their folk-rock-on-trucker-speed sound with the kind of resolutely antiestablishment attitude that most people bail on by the time they’re out of high school.

As one of the unlikeliest bands in town to end up playing a massive, precision-crafted festival, they were also the perfect group to document their Pitchfork experience for us. After the jump, Outer Minds front man Zach Medearis shares what it’s like being the first band on the side stage on the first day of the festival, in stream-of-consciousness journal form.