The final day of Fest 10 began with some light work and some heavy brunch. The Top in Gainesville serves one hell of a vegan meal! Surprisingly, I did not fall asleep after eating as I did the day prior. Instead I was invigorated and ready to take on a day 3 of Fest!
Ninja Gun – 8 Seconds – 2:25 p.m.
Running late once again, I missed the first half of Ninja Gun‘s set. I got there just in time to catch the end of an excellent cover of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid”. Unfortunately that was also the end of their set. Oops. I suck. Now that fact is out of the way, let’s move forward.
Chris Wollard and The Ship Thieves – 8 Seconds – 3:00 p.m.
Best known as 1/4 of Hot Water Music, Chris Wollard has been in a number of other projects over the years. Ship Thieves are probably the most rock oriented of them and certainly the most southern-rock influenced. The band even sounds Tom Petty-like at time. These guys are troopers! Bassist Chad Darby, didn’t let a broken foot stop him from joining his bandmates for a heck of a set. I feel like I would have enjoyed Wollard’s set more if I were more familiar with the songs but it’s hard to keep up with his musical output!
How Dare You – Laboratory – 3:40 p.m.
Orlando’s How Dare You are one of many Fest bands that really deserve exposure. Playing at The Laboratory may not have been their first choice since it’s location was a bit out of the way, but their time slot before Assassinate the Scientist certainly didn’t hurt them. Plenty of Assassinate fans were surely on hand to experience How Dare You’s upbeat punk reminiscent of Weston or early Digger. The sound in the venue was questionable at best, but How Dare You made the space work and put on a hell of a show.
Cheap Girls – 8 Seconds- 4:18 p.m.
My day is WAY off. After taking a wrong turn out of Laboratory, I course corrected and made it back in time for half of Cheap Girls‘ set. I never fail to be surprised at how full Cheap girls sound for a trio. Sort of like pop-punk with a slight Elvis Costello influence, these guys are tough to beat at what they do. I for one had been stoked to see Cheap Girls being that their album Find me a Drink Home is rarely not on constant play in my car. Even so, It was hard to tell if the crowd were all there for Cheap Girls or waiting for The Menzingers. Regardless they had a great time.
Banner Pilot – Durty Nellys – 4:45 p.m.
I squeezed into Durty Nellys to catch the “mystery band” of the hour, Banner Pilot. The Fat Wreck Chords band played 8 Seconds the day prior, and it took a while to make my way in since Durty Nelly’s is a considerably smaller venue. I managed to catch three songs by the frantically paced Pilot. They always remind me of Dillinger Four, and while I dislike this about a lot of bands, it works for Banner Pilot. It was great to see them in a small bar setting too. I am very glad I made it in for even just three songs.
The Menzingers – 8 Seconds 5:00 p.m.
I have heard Philly based punk band The Menzingers referred to as a hardcore band. I couldn’t disagree more. I would more than likely compare them to mid-career Get Up Kids. Screaming occasionally does not make you a hardcore band. They are, however, a band with no shortage of people who knew every single word to their songs. 8 Seconds was packed with die hard fans who had been waiting all weekend for this. Arms raised, choruses chanted, and by the end of the set I’d guess most people in attendance had sore bodies and failing vocal chords. Check out a video of The Menzingers playing a “mystery set” at The Atlantic by scrolling down.
The Tim Version – Durty Nellys 7:35 p.m.
Back to Durty Nelly’s to discover that it was now even more packed for Tampa’s The Tim Version than it was for Banner Pilot. Damned if people weren’t way stoked to see The Tim Version play their brand of raw rock n’ roll reminiscent of Husker Dü or The Replacements (on crack). I can always count on a great show from these Tampa boys made good. Of course no Fest would be complete without Dave Decker jumping onstage, singing, then crowd surfing. If that statement is true, then Fest was now officially over. While the described event did actually happen, thankfully Fest was not over.
Greenland is Melting – Double Down – 8:09 p.m.
Talk about a change in mood! Going from The Tim Version to Greenland is Melting is the musical equivalent of getting out of a hut tub and jumping into a cold pool. I don’t mean for that to sound negative, both are refreshing, but it’s a big shock to switch between the two. The quartet consisting of standup bass, acoustic guitar, electric Guitar and banjo, play bluegrass inspired folk tunes. Greenland is Melting would be perfect music to listen to while eating at your family BBQ though. Lots of fun and very Southern. I was way to deep in punk for the day so I felt the need to get back to Durty Nelly’s for the Dukes though.
Dukes of Hillsborough – Durty Nellys 8:30 – p.m.
I love the Dukes. There, I said it. Now that I got that off my chest…It’s difficult to describe Duke of Hillsborough’s sound: Not quite metal, not quite punk, their style is all their own. I am a very mellow person but anytime I have the pleasure of seeing them play I simultaneously feel like breaking things, and at the same time I have an urge to hug my friends. I guess that’s what the Dukes are all about, breaking shit and hugging. Anyway, the Fest regulars and Tampa favorites a played a killer set. The only bummer is that The Arrivals were playing the same time slot across the street and stole some of the crowd from seeing The Dukes.
Punch – The Atlantic – 9:10 p.m
Starting off their set with “The Ghostbusters” theme blaring, Punch took the stage donning costumes of characters from the movie including their singer dressed as Slimer. During the set they called themselves the Ghost Punchers. Witty and also the first band I saw dress up this halloween weekend. I’d missed Punch last year, and there was no way I was doing so again this year. The line to get Into the Atlantic was around the block and not everyone got in. At least those who didn’t make it in could hear Punch’s distinct brutal style of hardcore being played with extreme precision. Amazing set.
Too Many Daves – Durty Nelly’s – 9:32 p.m.
Finally I ran back to Durty Nelly’s to see my last show of Fest 10 Weekend. Too Many Daves are a number of Daves from Tampa, a Davey from California, and a Joe who isn’t a Dave. The crowd was back in full force to see the Daves rock through their fun, goofy punk tunes. Really fun stuff. If you haven’t seen the video for dudes room yet, watch it HERE now, and you’ll understand what these dudes are all about. I would guess there was as much beer consumed during this set as during all of Day Three of Fest…and that was just by the band. They make it work.
Fest 10 came to an end and despite the promise of “secret shows” I felt like 35 bands in 2 and a half days was a pretty good run. I decided to call it quits, load up the car, and head back to St Petersburg. As I write this I kind of think I should have stayed and seen RVIVR again at Wayward Council late last night. I guess I’ll have to wait until Fest 11. Until next year……
Look below to check out a gallery of Fest 10, Day 3 highlights from Nicole Kibert.