After years of fine-tuning their sound on their own terms, New Bedford, MA’s A Wilhelm Scream played The Fest 7, their first Fest. Even though it seems unlikely after seeing the video, they opened the whole thing off at The Venue (the main venue) on Halloween 2008 to an ecstatic crowd.
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So after years of not really touring anymore, Avail will just show up and destroy the place. While not technically proficient at times, not many shows this big turn out to be this amazing. And if you’re wondering, yes, this is the set that Beau jumps off the Front of House cabinets (about 15 feet) out into the crowd.
All-Stars of the Chicago punk scene, The Lawrence Arms have more than a decade of history touring and playing their signature blend of pop-drunk-punk. After many years of playing The FEST, at FEST 6 they graced the main stage with their presence and the set was what you’d come to expect from “da larin sharms”.
The Bay Area’s American Steel originally formed in 1995. After six years of touring and releases to what at the time they considered little fanfare, the band moved into a different sound and felt the band needed a different name. In 2002, with their new moniker, Communiqué, the band gave it another go with a decidedly different sound and feel. After four years, they gave this too a rest. In the meantime, American Steel had become legendary. In 2007, they reunited as American Steel, signed to Fat Wreck Chords and went back at it. They toured down with The Lawrence Arms to FEST 6 and played to one of the biggest crowds they had to date.
Hailing from Minneapolis, MN, Off With Their Heads made their mark early with their debut EP Hospitals in 2006. Playing their first time at The FEST, and playing mainly cuts from Hospitals, this set is about as indicative of OWTH as you can get and made them somewhat legendary in the FEST community.
Planes Mistaken For Stars had a successful decade as a band, but called it quits in early 2008. They played at FEST V on their first tour with their final lineup. This show stands out as one of the best PMFS shows of all time and is testament to their legacy as a band.
Originally calling themselves Jericho back in 1998, and then Jericho RVA, Smoke or Fire has been releasing consistently good political punk for over a decade. Their FEST 6 show was the final tour for their bassist Ken Gurley before he went on to begin teaching. Gwomper from Avail has taken over bass duties and the band has taken some time off. Singer Joe McMahon has been touring solo and is not to be missed.
Paint It Black is a staple of the hardcore scene. After playing at The FEST 4, they came back for The FEST V with their new drummer and plans to party…which they did.
San Francisco’s Dead To Me is an All-Star mix with Jack from One Man Army and Chicken from Western Addiction. This set is just weeks after Chicken’s release from a rehab facility and he explains in between songs. Tony (the FEST) makes a cameo as the friend who hands him a non-alcoholic beer.
Ventura California’s Glass And Ashes pushed the envelope on what is considered hardcore/punk/metal, making waves with their signature sound, influencing countless bands since. They broke up in 2008 and Bassist/Singer Michael Carter joined Gainesville, FL’s Young Livers.