Japanese Breakfast entertained a Sunday late afternoon crowd at the Pitchfork Music Festival with their high energy music. Opening her set by exclaiming" "We're Japanese Breakfast and we're from Philadelphia!," lead singer/ songwriter Michelle Zauner's solo project impressed fans with a high energy stage presence and hard-hitting music. Jumping around for her entire set, whether playing her guitar or not, Zauner's enthusiasm carried over to the audience, who clearly enjoyed what they heard.
Every song played at Pitchfork was from Japanese Breakfast's two studio albums, 2016's Psychopomp, and last year's Soft Sounds From Another Planet, except for a spirited cover of the Cranberries' hit Dreams. Japanese Breakfast's cover of Dreams was a fitting homage to the Cranberries' lead singer Dolores O'Riordan, who died earlier this year, and more than one band has been playing Dreams as a tribute to O'Riordan since her death.
Ironically, Japanese Breakfast was one of two bands that played Pitchfork on Sunday with "Japan" in their band name, neither from Japan.