Definitely a must.
Hopefully UCLAradio gets some give aways, and hopefully I get a free ticket too!
TICKET GIVEAWAY FOR FYF FEST:
Reblog the poster for your chance to win a pair of weekend passes to the festival. Two winners will be picked at 12:00pm on Thursday, June 21st.
And remember that tickets for FYF Fest go on sale this Friday, June 22nd at 5:00pm. For more info on the fest click on the poster
It’s been a while since I’ve posted up an episode. Maybe you should start tuning in live. This has probably been one of the most unprofessional episodes I’ve had. Very unprepared due to the excess work/school stuff, but that just adds to the punk points right? Anywho, I’m using sound cloud to put up episodes now because the old archive require passwords now that you are not allowed to have. Just listen to the damn thing. I’ll post the tracklistings later.
Source: SoundCloud / Melvin Marroquin 1
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INTERVIEW WITH TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS
So as I was seeping out the multiple Pabst Blue Ribbons I had at day 2 of Fest 10, I somehow managed to trap myself into the infested backstage bathroom of the Gainesville Theater. There, I had no choice but plee for help as a tiny girl would. Suddenly a deep and masculine voice was heard across the other side of my doom. “Yes? Are you trapped?” it said. I responded “Yes, I’m frightened and alone.” Then I heard a sudden “STAND BACK!” and that is when Ted Fucking Leo kicked the door open. My hero!
Resolution #9: So how many times have you played the Fest?
Ted Leo: This is only our second we played Fest 4, six years ago.
Resolution #9: Thats quite a while ago, so are there any bands most excited about:
Ted Leo: yeah actually i’m glad to catch a little bit of paint it black, some dear friends of ours from philly. I also got to see a little bit Kevin Seconds earlier this afternoon. Yeah, actually the whole bill here tonight at this venue is great. I’m going to miss two bands I wanted to see elsewhere, Lemuria and screaming Females who are also friends.
Resolution #9: Do you feel you guys stand out as band here at the Fest, in general, the genre, you know seeing how you have a big big rock and roll background?
Ted Leo: Yeah I mean, I wouldn’t be slightly nervous about what the room looks like from stage but I think our style is as punk as anything just musically a little bit different. And actually by the time we play we’re between D4 and Against Me! who also share more of the classic punk rock style.
Resolution #9: Is there something about a Fest crowd that can allows you to perform differently, try different things, or lets out a better part of the band?
Ted Leo: It depends on the festival. I mean sometimes theres been mega outdoors kind of stages, and those can be fun to play, but purely on the fact of the physical distance between you and the crowd its not a good a show as the actual venues around. When they come to the festival its generally pretty different.
Resolution #9: So any the plans for Ted Leo after this show? Whats going on next?
Ted Leo: Yeah after this trip, we’re going to hit the road for a while. I’m writing new songs, we’ll lay low and try to get some rest. Hopefully write a new record during the winter.
Resolution #9: Thank you so much for saving my life, and once again thanks for TV Casualty, that was so much fun. You guys should stop by Los Angeles and do that set sometime.
Ted Leo: Thanks a lot, we do it every year. It was a lot of fun to play.
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INTERVIEW WITH COMADRE
So these are officially the coolest dudes at the Fest 10. I came across them on day 3 when I went to the Holiday Inn hoping to find a way into the official “exclusive” and “private” afterparty, where I heard that there would be bands covering bands such as Replacements, Weakerthans, Rocket From the Crypt, and AT THE FUCKIN DRIVE IN.. While there I saw the guys from Comadre and asked for an interview. They agreed and I learned that they were the most down to earth guys ever. They came back later with exclusive passes for me and my buddy Alex to get in the party!! Finally! My infamy from Resolution #9 paid off ;) The night featured endless PBR and cheese pizza, and the cover sets by all the bands were so awesome. Big thanks to those dudes for making that one of the most memorable nights of my life. You can see me and Alex (with the homemade maraca) in the video. Heres our talk:
Resolution #9: So how many times have you guys played the fest?
Wesley: This will be our 6th time.
Resolution #9: When was your first time?
Wesley: Fest 4
Resolution #9: Have you noticed a change at all? A difference over the years?
Kenny: Definitely a lot more people. Like a lot. The first time we came here, it was a good amount of people. Obviously it was an awesome experience thats why we kept coming back here every time, but I think definitely think it grew into something way cooler than when it started. Its amazing, I mean for this one weekend this whole city is taken over by punks, and it fucking rules! From all over the world!
Wesley: Yeah, I don’t recall from earlier Fest meeting as many foreign people as I have these past 2 years.
Kenny: I feel like theres more cultural people here than all of Florida. I feel like everyone from out of the country.
Wesley: You could easily tell theres more people from all over coming out here waiting in line.
Resolution #9: You feel you guys could let loose more here at the Fest? Is there a difference between the Fest and regular shows or maybe in any other tour.
Wesley: Yeah, I feel theres definitely more of a unity type feeling when you come to the Fest. I haven’t ran into any weird altercations with anybody. Everyone is chill and has the same mindset.
Kenny: There’s never any crazy drama.
Wesley: Yeah I haven’t ran into any stupid drama here. Everyones in the mindset for like punk rock and having a good time and party. And being away from drama and problems. Its party weekend and time to get along with your friends and have a good time. Even if you don’t really know your friends, they’re all your friends just because you here together at the Fest.
Resolution #9: Any bands you guys excited to see?
Wesley: It varies. l was stoked to see A Wilhelm Scream, and Flatliners, and Broadway Calls and Touche Amore haha.
Juan: We got to see a bunch of our friends that we see every year. Pianos I didn’t see them last year but I got to see them this year and they played a really good set. Broadway calls, Touche Amore, Punch, our homies,
Wesley: OH! Circle Takes the Square blew me away! I don’t know if they’ve been practicing their set, I mean not that they weren’t tight in past years, but when I watched them this year I was blown away. And the fact they could remember their songs with all those lyrics and chord changes, just blew me away. Thats probably the number one band for me this year.
Juan: Yeah and Heartsounds
Wesley: Yea, Heartsounds was good. A lot friends bands haha.
Resolution #9: So last year you did the whole Refused thing and this year you guys are doing the whole At the Drive-In set, how do you guys decide which bands to cover? I mean a lot of bands stay away from doing those sets for a reason. Do you feel a certain pressure?
Wesley: I think this year its more like something we’re doing because Tony [Weinberg] asked us to do something like that. And as far as doing the Refused thing, I don’t know, well we did Refused in the past and that was something wanted to do because we love Refused, and it went off great. It kind of hurt us in the long run because everyone just asks us to do refused all the time. We stopped practicing those songs so we just have to disappoint people and say “sorry no”. As far as this year goes, Tony asks us to do this show which consists of bands doing cover sets. And as far as trying to think of a band to do, obviously the Refused thing would be the easy thing to do but at the same time we would have to relearn the songs. But we didn’t want to do that again, been there done that sort of thing. We did it a couple years back in the past.
Resolution #9: Right understandable, you did it once no point to do it again.
Wesley: Exactly, and if anything we’re trying to keep our interest in doing something else too. So we were trying to pick a band that we’re into and I don’t know, I think I think Jack thought of At the Drive-In.
Resolution #9: Dude, that is totally the best idea.
Kenny: Yeah, I mean we thought what could be as cool as Refused. Well, At the Drive-In. I mean you can’t like one and not the other.
Juan: And definitely both those bands played an influential role in us starting this band, so.
Resolution #9: So after Fest, whats going on? What are the plans? You guys touring?
Wesley: Nah, its going to be some time off. I think we have one show booked till the end of the year with Dead to Me. Then we started to write a record a few months ago but then kinda got side tracked with just other life things, and tour. And now we kind of like “hmm maybe we should get back to that.” and I think the best way to do that is to take some time off.
Resolution #9: So how is that record coming along? Is it any different from the last one? I mean I really enjoyed the last record, it seems you guys take particular time to make sure everything just flows, and is not simply just a collection of songs but some sort of collaborative effort.
Juan: The new stuff, well we got one new song out that was on the mixtape, and I think the rest of the new songs are kind of in that same lane. As of right now, other than the new song on the mixtape, we wrote two new songs and after that it kind of came to a halt.
Wesley: The new stuff it has sort of similar qualities as past songs but theres definitely a different vibe. Theres going to be a strongly different vibe as far as the recording process goes. Jack our guitarist has big ideas for trying to do something different.
Juan: He is experimenting with recording to see what we can sound like and how we can push ourselves as far as recording goes.
Kenny: He owns his own recording studio where we record everything, so for him its awesome when we do shit because he gets to do whatever the fuck he wants. You can’t really do that with bands that are paying him. So for him hes stoked to try out everything that he wants to try like techniques and if it works then it fucking works and sounds awesome.
Resolution #9: So just out of curiosity what are you guys listening to in the van right now?
Wesley: I’ve been listen to a lot of like stoner metal stuff. Like Saviors from Oakland. I’m a big fan of The Sword which is a big rock, metalish type. Haha I don’t know been listening to that stuff lately.
Kenny: Uh, fuck I don’t know. A LOT of hip hop haha. Personally a lot of hip hop.
Juan: Uh, At the Drive-In a lot
Kenny: Yeah we’ve all been listening to that a lot.
Wesley: And you know what its still a good record.
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INTERVIEW WITH OFF WITH THEIR HEADS
I was able to find Ryan, frontman for Off With Their Heads, backstage of the Gainesville Theater of day 2 of Fest 10. Needless to say he was pretty intoxicated. It’s ok though, he seemed to be having a lot of fun and he just finished playing a pretty awesome set. Heres our conversation:
Resolution #9: So how many Fests have you played?
Ryan: Three or four, possibly.. can’t remember. At least three. Might be five or four. Actually no, you know what.. four. Yeah four, I know that for a fact.
Resolution #9: Is there something about a Fest crowd that you don’t see anywhere else? A sort of interaction that allows you to perform differently? I mean Fest is big for a reason.
Ryan: You could. Last year it wasn’t as big as it is this year, it didn’t sell out last year. This year it did because you know well look at this show. It’s got everything everyone wants to see…. and… [looking at Lane Pederson of Dillinger Four]… What!?! Fuck off dickhead. You can print that.
Resolution #9: I will.
Ryan: Other than that it’s like any other show.
Resolution #9: Is there any band you’ve been listening to? What are you listening to in the van?
Ryan: On the way over here I was listening to Songs for the Deaf by Queens of the Stone Age.
Resolution #9: Awesome album.
Ryan: Yeah, I don’t like anything new because everyone is such a fucking piece of shit.
Resolution #9: I’ll print that as well. Who are you most excited about for the Fest?
Ryan: Dillinger Four, because they’re stupid and they wear swim trunks. And have penises and balls sticking… oh wait check it out [Lane takes out a bottle of lotion].. see and they have lotion, in case they’re chafing. You saw that you can explain later. [I can’t]
Resolution #9: Are you currently chafing?
Ryan: A little bit. This is kind of weird. So uh sorry.
Resolution #9: So what is up with Off With Their Heads after?
Ryan: We’re playing Social Distortion on Tuesday in Florida. Then we’re going home.
Resolution #9: New record?
Ryan: Yeah. We’re going to try to write a new one, thats why we’re going home.
Resolution #9: What do you feel about Epitaph? You guys sticking around?
Ryan: Yeah, at least for one more because they’ll have us back. Big privilege to be on that record label.
Resolution #9: Well thank you so much, really appreciate it. Wanna draw on my cast?
Ryan: [Looks at Lane] Should I do it? Haha, should I draw him the twins?
Resolution #9: Go for it.
[Ryan draws a politically offensive drawing on my cast]
Resolution #9: Thanks man.
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THE FEST 10
About a month ago I was able to trek my way towards the quiet college town known as Gainesville, Florida. What I was doing across the country during midterms seemed inexplicable until I finally made into the three day music festival known as The Fest. Not too many people have heard of The Fest, but anyone who is an avid fan of the punk/hardcore genres and all the subgenres that come with it should become very acquainted with it. The adventure had to have been one of the most enjoyable and absolutely fun weekends I’ve ever had in my life.
This year, The Fest was celebrating 10 years of awesomeness and Tony Weinberg, promoter of the Fest, wanted to make sure show-goers had something to remember. Huge acts such as Against Me!, Hot Water Music, Bouncing Souls, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Kid Dynamite, Dead to Me, Youth Brigade, Dillinger Four, Paint it Black, Samiam, Small Brown Bike, and many, many more performed sets throughout the various venues in Gainesville. The exceptional line up brought 1,500 fans from all over the globe (literally) to the sold-out festival. At The Fest, I was able to meet many new friends from places like Germany, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Canada, England, along with people from all over the country. Distance was not a sufficient factor to stop tradition of the decade long festival.
I arrived in Gainesville a night before the festival started. A local resident by the name of Phil opened his backyard to travelers for the festival in exchanged for packs of beer that is not found in Florida. The backyard was filled with 16 tents all packed with fellow Festers anxiously awaiting the fun to begin.
Day 1 of the Fest was quite a new experience. It started off with a long wait in the registration line, but the wait led directly to the official “Fest Pool Party” at the roof of the Holiday Inn. It was a great way to start the festival, meet new friends, and catch some of your favorite band members, but the real fun began with the performances. After enjoying the best veggie dog I’ve ever had at the local “Gator Dawgs”, I caught a secret intimate show with Dead to Me. Following that I was able to watch Scranton, Pennsylvania’s Tigers Jaw perform a beautiful set at legendary 8 Seconds venue. I walked next door to catch Kid Dynamite played the quickest, most intense set at the Gainesville Theater. That was followed up by a set from legends Bouncing Soul and then Hot Water Music. The coolest part of their sets was at the end when both bands got on stage and performed each other’s songs, including anthems such as “Wayfarer” and “Private Radio”. The night ended with a set by TV Casualty, which features Ted Leo, and members of Ceremony performing songs by the Misfits. A wigged Ted Leo performed Glenn Danzig’s classic tunes without a flaw. Many left the venue muttering that this was far better than the current Misfits line up. I missed a couple bands I had hoped to see, but Day 1 left me excited for the upcoming days.
Day numero dos , surpassed those expectations. Through a string of luck and a couple of cool dudes from Canada, I was able to find my way backstage of the Gainesville Theater. There, I met and interviewed a couple cool bands (Off With Their Heads, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Comadre) and was able to shake the hand of a man named Tom Gabel (OH MY !@#$ING GOD ITS TOM FROM AGAINST ME!). While there I managed to somehow lock myself in the backstage bathroom. Luckily for me Ted Leo, managed to kick the door down and save me from an eternal doom. The sets from bands like None More Black, Off With Their Heads, Paint It Black, Dillinger Four, Ted Leo, and of course Gainesville home heroes, Against Me!, left me in absolute awe. The night became one of the most memorable nights of my life. After searching for a couple secret house shows (very common for the Fest festival) I made my way back to the tent to dream of Day 3.
Day 3 was the last opportunity I had to spend with new Fest friends and enjoy the town. I started my day at Boca Fiesta, a restaurant owned by former Against Me! drummer, Warren, and ate a very spicy habanero burrito. I was able to catch a few bands such as No Friends (which features Tony of thrash legends, Municipal Waste), Old Man Markly, and Punch. But the real fun was towards the end of the night. With the help of the coolest guys from the San Francisco band named Comadre, I was able to get into the exclusive (I’m cool) and official Fest 10 after-party at the Holiday Inn. What made this event so grand was the fact that all the bands performing did cover sets. It started with a Replacement cover set that I unfortunately missed. Bomb the Music Industry performed a cover set of the Weakerthans and the Flatliners did a cover set of Rocket From the Crypt. But the set I was looking forward to ever since I heard the rumor months before was Comadre covering At the Drive-In, my favorite band of all time. There is footage of the covers on youtube, but it does not capture anywhere near the intensity of being there.
I ended the night partying up with some of my favorite bands but had to head back at 3am to catch my flight back to reality. After some very sad goodbyes I reluctantly headed back to Orlando to make it to work on time. The post-Fest depression has not been good to me, even a month later. The memories I had at the Fest will never be forgotten, and the Fest stories are too numerous to completely write down in this blog post. This is any fan of punk rock needs to have.
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We have arrived in Orlando! The trek towards Gainesville starts tomorrow and we begin our epic adventure to the FEST! We are about 7 hours too early to pick up our rental so for now we are enjoying Orlando Airport’s hospitality. We have set up our tent here in the terminal and are comfortably making smores. Squatting is easy, Stza can suck it.
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