Part III of the my bands I am excited to see at the fest series.
These are the local bands (Gainesville and Tallahassee) that I am excited to see at the fest. If you have time between the lines, the beers and high fives - do yourself the favor and check out some of these bands.
They were my favorite active band in Gainesville from about 2008-2009. Then they randomly broke up. Now they’re playing a last show. They’re also the last band playing on Sunday night at Common Grounds and should be a great way to close out the Fest.
I think they were the first “application band” added the Fest line up or just the first band added after the initial announcement. Either way one of the best things happening in Tallahassee right now.
The Future Now
Somewhere between Nirvana and Failure lies this band, and neither of those bands are getting back together anytime soon so try to check out the Future Now.
Straight up, that picture is awesome and they are so good that they are an inspiration behind poetry. They also posted some really good tracks from an upcoming seven inch here.
I live with a member of this band, so yeah I am bias. They sound something like nineties post-hardcore. They are debuting a revamped line up and also go by the names “Coh’meng” and “Gutman”.
Part II of the Fest bands I am excited to see series.
The bands that make up this list are the bigger bands that I want to see at the Fest. I have to say that there are some notable bands left out because I will be volunteering on Friday Night. I will not be able to see Torche, High on Fire, the Suicide Machines and Kylesa. Thus, they will not be included on this list. I guess also it should be noted that “bigger band” is a very relative term to the Fest, but whatever.
1. Planes Mistaken for Stars
This is the reunion that is making the Fest 9 worthwhile and exciting for me. I have spent the last year in misery after finding out I had missed an impromptu PMFS reunion at the Fest 8. The last time I saw PMFS was at Fest 6 with Baroness at Common Grounds. That night was one hell of a raucous evening that now I can barely wrap my mind around (and also thanks to a few too many high lifes, I can barely remember).
2. Cheap Girls
I love, love, love, love, love this band. I feel like I will have seen them 5 times between this and last Fest but I am still super excited about seeing them again.
3. Bridge and Tunnel
I saw this band at the Fest 6 I believe, back when they were a new band. They either just had or were about to release their demo seven inch. In the time since, they have released a great full length and ten inch. Unfortunately in the time since, I have missed them at the Fest 7, Fest 8 and both Harvest of Hopes. This time I really want to put an end to that naughty trend.
4. Dear Landlord
Last Fest, they were a part of the new bands that I was excited to see. Now I can say that they have graduated to the “Big(ger) Bands” list, with extra credits and all.
The sweethearts from Bridge Nine records and heartbreakers at the Fest 9. The reason I call them heartbreakers because their set is cutting out a couple of bands I would’ve liked to see at the Fest (PS Eliot, Cassette, Go Rydell). I’m sure though, that they’ll be worth it though.
Young Livers, the Sidekicks, Ninja Gun, Chris Wollard and the Ship Thieves
PMFS, Cheap Girls, Dear Landlord were found without credits being used as promos. Bridge and Tunnel from thefestfl.com Lemuria from Vicky Dinka. Hope that is ok??
Along with being National Pizza Month, October brings us the Fest. For many a person who wears a lot of black shirts and has facial hair, this is considered their best holiday weekend of the year. I have been attending this debauched weekend of PBR vomit, five star farts and pop punk since 2004. This year, my plan is to watch a lot of new bands I have never seen before.
Here in this post I will list the Top 5 New Bands that I am excited about.
(over the next two weeks, I will also be posting a list of the Big Bands and Smaller Local bands that I am excited to see)
1. The Dopamines
Ex-members of the Ergs and songs about drinking too many keystone lights. Essentially seems like a combination for the perfect FEST band. I have been listening to "Expect the Worst" probably 3-5 times per week lately. Unfortunately, If I remember correctly, their set is scheduled early on Sunday which means I will probably begin drinking way before “first call”.
2. Big Kids
This band really reminds me of Teenage Cool Kids, except from California. They should do a split together. They are also playing the Wayward Council’s PreFest show with Franz Nicolay, so if you’re into claustrophobia and are in Gainesville one day early, you should probably go to that too.
3. Failure’s Union
Ok, let’s be honest they are not a terribly “new” band. But, I have not seen them yet so they are “new” to me. Sometimes I see this band referred to as the poor man’s Cheap Girls, which is a total disservice to FU. I mean they do have the same “alt-rock” vibe, which is pretty cool.
The British Invasion from Bristol, woo! I first heard this band through the Fest Message board when they themselves uploaded a download link to their first seven inch. Interesting band with catchy songs and girl/boy vocals.
5. Night Birds
Alright, honestly the only reason they got bumped this low was because I will be volunteering during their set. But anyways, their song "Killer Waves" is probably the coolest song ever. In the most serious way possible, blend the Beach Boys + the Ramones, and you’ll get this band.
Algernon Cadwallader, My Heart to Joy, Go Rydell, Heartsounds
Pictures taken from thefestfl.com, except for the Dopamines one which is from thenjunderground.com hope its cool??