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DS Editorial: A guide to FEST 16 preparation by an overly passionate first-timer

I have to admit something, and it’s not easy. I’m addicted to preparing for The Fest. A cure might be hopeless but I’m hoping that my story can help other like me – first time Fest goers looking for answers to some of the weekend’s logistical questions.

First things first. Lock down your tickets. Then I would suggest locking down your accommodations. The more I deal with the fest, the people, the website, the more I realize that it is meticulously organized and curated. More on that later, but I suggest that people stay in the hotels dedicated to the fest. The Holiday Inn is supposedly located right in the middle of the action. The whole thing is booked by Fest attendees and will thus be an absolute free-for-all during the entire event. I’m not sure I can handle that type of commitment. I booked at the Wyndham. Another Fest hotel that is supposedly a little more chill. Once again I have no frame of reference on this and we shall see. I should also mention that the Holiday Inn has some kind of Flea Market thing happening. I’ve got it pictured where venders and bands can sell merch and other trinkets that would appeal to Fest-goers. Once again, I’m not sure about this. Pure conjecture at this point.

Band Prep: Right now I’m in band-prep stage. You might want to follow my lead on this as it will help you get a handle on the 350 plus bands that are playing The Fest. I was hoping for something a little more user-friendly from the website, but when you’ve got over 100 bands playing a day, there’s probably no “perfect way” to convey the when and where for each band. It looks like this breaks down along philosophical and/or personal-preference lines. Are you looking to stay in one spot and get the most bang for your buck? Then you will be looking at the schedule by location. If you are committed to catching at least a piece of some of the bands on your wish list, then you can break the schedule down by date and time. At this point, I found that I could no longer work with the website, I needed to get some micro-organization going. So I copied the time and date schedules and dropped them into an excel spreadsheet. I broke them up with a tab for each day. I found with a little tinkering you can get the day’s entire schedule in chronological order: my choice for the best way to get a handle on what’s happening when and where.

Phew. Okay. Are you still with me? Step one was to highlight all the bands I definitely wanted to check out. I found it useful to start here and get an idea of what the skeleton of my schedule was gonna look like. I’ve got some locks as you might guess: Against Me (performing Reinventing Axl Rose), Superchunk, Smoking Popes, Hum, 88 Fingers Louie, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Movielife, Pegboy, Off With Their Heads, The Bigger Empty; you get the idea. I had a lot of other bands that I wanted to check as well, and I really want to check some of the cover shows, but I digress. Get you’re a-list, can’t-miss picks in the spreadsheet; mine are highlighted in yellow.

After the skeleton is in place, you can fill in the meat. I chose to highlight these bands in blue. I thought I knew a lot about punk music, emo, screamo, indie, etc. Maybe I do, but I’m always willing to learn more, so I made a dive into some of the bands I hadn’t heard of. Once again the spreadsheet comes in handy for this task. I use eMusic for most of my music purchases these days, so I found it most useful to check out some of the lesser-known (to me at least) bands. You can use YouTube, that would probably be better and I’ve had to resort to it a few times when the band’s music is not available on eMusic. And most of the bands are available on bandcamp as well. One thing that I’m finding as I go through the bands that are new to me: they’re all really good. I spent a day checking out bands and one after another proved to be amazing. Some of the bands I’ve been turned on to (and subsequently really want to check at The Fest): Sinai Vessel, City of Caterpillar (how did I miss these guys?), Apologies I have none, Army of Ponch, Deadaires, Tartar Control and many many more. I’ve got my b-list highlighted in blue. Once again I must tip my hat to The Fest as they obviously know their music and have assembled an amazing lineup this year. I’m thinking you could conceivably just pop into any venue and end up getting into the show happening at the time. Which would require no prep at all. Can’t have that now can we?

OK. So you’ve got your tickets, accommodations, schedule. You’re well on your way to maximum family fun at The Fest. To round out your enjoyment, definitely download the App. Take your spreadsheet and then transfer that info over to the App and it will sort your schedule by date and time. Now you are ready to go mobile! Next, you might want to check out the website. It’s loaded with goodies!! If you haven’t already, download all the Comps!! Get them in heavy rotation on your sonic delivery vehicle of choice. I’m from the old school, so I burned CDs. You might just find one of your new favorite bands in there. I had to juggle my schedule because I came across a must-see through the comp: Tartar Control. I guarantee you’ll find something in there that you might have missed. Hidden gems.

If you are insane like me, you can start planning your wardrobe, but you might not be that hardcore. I just can’t decide if it makes sense to represent for your favorite bands at the fest, or to bust obscure band Ts to give you more street cred. I could go on for days on this subject. Don’t forget your swimsuit!! There are pool parties happening at both the Wyndham and Holiday Inn. I’m guessing that will be a sight to behold.

I really could keep going and drive this whole preparation thing right into the ground, but I think I’ve already lost most of you, so to those who stayed til the end. I’ll see you on Sunday night. Teen Agers and Tiltwheel are my choices to close things out. Let’s get together and toast the fact that we survived. Cheers.



Album Review: The Lillingtons – “Stella Sapiente”


11 years is a long time in the music industry. For many bands, it is an entire lifetime, but for The Lillingtons it was just an opportunity to gather strength. For years, The Lillingtons flew just beneath the general radar with a rabid cult-following…until now. Stella Sapiente sees the band gather their acolytes in a campaign for hearts, minds, souls and the domination of the earth.

The dark and otherworldly echoes of “Golden Dawn/Knights Templar” open the album, with lush guitars reverberating into the shadows: equal parts dark ritual and signals from another world. Vocalist and guitarist Kody Templeman paints an aural picture of mystery, that bleeds seamlessly into “Insect Nightmares’. Buzzsaw crunch gives way to a dueling guitar riff Ronnie James Dio would solemnly flash an approving pair of horns at.

The retro vibe continues with “Night Visions”. Deep chorus effects evoke a dark-wave feel, while the gothic horror of the lyric “recurring nightmares cloud my mind, eradication of mankind” weave a Lovecraftian atmosphere of intrigue and foreboding. The band then powers into “K6” and “Zodiac”, more up-tempo, driving tracks. “Pursuit of Pleasure” has one of the most fun choruses I have heard in a while: simple and inescapable like a black hole.

“London Fog” opens with a riff and tone that evoke The Misfits “London Dungeon” with reverence, without feeling like a lift. “Cult of Dagon” is a dis-harmonic, synth powered acid trip followed by “Villagers” and “The Walker”: tracks that maintain the macabre atmosphere while revving the intensity and beats per minute back up. “They Live” shows the band at its absolute best: galloping drums leading scorching guitars in a harmonic race into the unknown. Dual guitars rip into leads that would bring Thin Lizzy to tears. The album closes with the same speed and strength with punk rock/80’s metal hybrid “Drawing Down the Star”, then fades out enigmatically.

Just from the opening riffs of Stella Sapiente, you quickly appreciate the band’s evolution as musicians from their Ramones-core origins. Effects are used to establish mood and emphasize the music brilliantly. The album radiates a dark, mysterious energy while keeping the speed and seriousness of The Too Late Show. This record may be The Lillingtons crowning achievement to date: showcasing a band at the peak of its songwriting ability pushing its own boundaries. This record isn’t a reinvention, its an evolution. My only real complaint is the length: like a dream, the record is over before you’re ready to wake up.

Stella Sapiente is available now through Fat Wreck Chords.

5/5 Stars



The Lillingtons stream new album “Stella Sapiente”

Wyoming pop-punk veterans The Lillingtons premiered their new album “Stella Sapiente” on Uproxx.com. The album is the band’s first full length release in 11 years! Back in 2001 the band broke up but came back in 2006 and released “The Too Late Show”, then all went quiet again until this year. Previous releases have been about horror B-Movies, spies and sci-fi; “Stella Sapiente” covers topics such as the Illuminati, secret societies, the occult, conspiracy theories, and astrology. Give it a listen below.

The album will be released on October 13th via Fat Wreck Chords.



The Lillingtons debut new track ‘Zodiac’

Holy shredders Batman, The Lillingtons just dropped a brand new track! ‘Zodiac’ is the second single of the band’s up and coming Fat Wreck Chords debut ‘Stella Sapiente’. That one won’t be out until the 13th of October, but all you impatient punks can head over here for a pre-order.

Check out ‘Zodiac’ below.



The Lillingtons stream new track ‘Insect Nightmares’, announce new album ‘Stella Sapiente’

We’ve gone way too long without The Lillingtons. Reason enough for the band to spoil us a little bit. The guys just announced a brand new album called ‘Stella Sapiente’, out October 13th via Fat Wreck Chords. (Holy hell right?) Pre-order for that one can be found here.

As if that wasn’t enough, we’re also getting a brand new shredder called ‘Insect Nightmares‘. Have a listen below NOW.



Full schedules announced for Fest 16 and Pre-Fest 5

The full schedules for this year’s Fest and Pre-Fest have been announced!

Pre-Fest 5 takes place October 25th and 26th in Tampa, FL, and will feature Against Me!, The Lillingtons, 88 Fingers Louie, and many more. The full schedule can be viewed here.

Fest 16 takes over Gainesville October 27th-29th. Its extensive lineup features most of the same bands, plus Hot Water Music, The Flatliners, and countless others. Check out the schedule here.

Head over here to grab tickets.



The Lillingtons announce Midwest tour

Wyoming pop-punk veterans The Lillingtons have announced they will be touring the Midwest next month. Check out the dates below to see if there’s a show near you.

The band recently released the Project 313 EP through Red Scare. They just signed with Fat Wreck Chords and plan to release a new full-length album later this year.



The Lillingtons sign to Fat Wreck Chords

Ladies and gentlemen, pop-punk veterans The Lillingtons have signed to Fat Wreck Chords.

The band recently released the Project 313 EP through Red Scare, and will be releasing a new full length trough Fat Wreck later this year. You can catch them (with me) at The Fest in October.

These guys are legendary, and their signing to Fat Wreck is well deserved and very cool news. If you can’t wait for more Lillingtons, check out a stream of Project 313 below.



The Lillingtons drop video for new song “Project 313”

The Lillingtons (fronted by Teenage Bottlerocket’s Kody Templeman) premiered their newest song from their upcoming EP, “Project 313.”

The new EP, their first release in 11 years, will see a digital release on this Friday, June 2nd, and the 7″ will be out on June 9th from our glorious comrades at Red Scare Industries.

Check out the video at Riotfest!

Okay. Look. I said if you should only watch one video today, that it be this one. Then I said you should watch the new Hot Water Music video too. Well. Watch this one too. And you know what? I’m not sorry. Watch them all. You owe it to yourself.

See? Don’t you feel better? I thought so.

You’re welcome.



Music Video: The Lillingtons – “Rubber Room”

Wyoming pop-punk veterans The Lillingtons have premiered a music video for a brand new track, titled “Rubber Room.” You can watch it below.

“Rubber Room” is taken from the band’s upcoming EP “Project 313,” set to release on June 9 via Red Scare Industries. This will be their first new release since 2006’s The Too Late Show.



Red Scare Roundup! (How much punk can you take?)

Our stalwart comrades at Red Scare Industries have plenty going on lately.

If you haven’t heard, Nothington put out their new album, “In the End” in February, and everyone (including myself, and I’m a pretty cool dude, just ask my high school English teacher) thinks it’s great. It’s easily one of my favorites in years.

Red Scare also released a 7″ for the single “Cobblestones” from the new album for Record Store Day. They still have some copies left at the Red Scare webstore.

Speaking of buying rad music that your brain needs, Red Scare has unfurled their mighty bandcamp page, where you can pre-order The Lillingtons upcoming EP, Project 313. It’s their first release in 11 years and is due out in June. The teaser has me.. teased. Check it out below.



New Music Teaser: The Lillingtons – “Project 313”

 

Awwwwwwe yeah, boys and girls! New music from The Lillingtons is finally (almost) here.

It’s not much to go on, but the Wyoming-based pop-punk trailblazers have unveiled a thirty-second teaser video for what is being dubbed “Project 313,” featuring a snippet of what appears to be the title track to whatever the release of the same name ends up becoming (EP, 7-inch, full-length, etc).

The only other info we learn is that Project 313, which we’re assuming is not the soundtrack to the remake of the 2006 crime drama of the same name, is due out in June 2017 on Red Scare Industries. Check out the teaser below!

The only other material The Lillingtons have released since their 2006 full-length The Too Late Show was the song “Pyramids” that was released on Red Scare’s 10th anniversary compilation.



The Lillingtons recording new music

According to a recent Facebook post from Red Scare Industries, Wyoming pop-punk veterans The Lillingtons are in the studio recording new music. They did not specify whether the band’s working on a full-length or an EP, but we’ll keep you posted as more details are revealed.

After reuniting for Riot Fest in 2013, The Lillingtons have continued to sporadically play reunion shows. Since releasing their last album The Too Late Show in 2006, the only new music they have put out was a song called “Pyramids” on Red Scare’s 10th anniversary compilation.



Riot Fest Denver announces 2016 After Shows

Riot Fest organizers have announced the official After Shows for the festival’s 2016 stop in Denver, Colorado. A few bands playing these shows include Lagwagon, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, The Lillingtons, The Aquabats, and Major Threat (a Minor Threat tribute ft. Dan Precision of 88 Fingers Louie).

The full schedule of After Shows for the 2016 edition of Riot Fest Denver can be found below. You can grab tickets for these shows when they go on sale this Friday, August 5th at 10am MDT.



The Lillingtons announce after hours Punk Rock Bowling (Vegas) show with Broadway Calls

Wyoming pop-punk veterans The Lillingtons have announced a surprise show with Broadway Calls and Mercy Music at Punk Rock Bowling in Vegas. They’ll be playing at The Beauty Bar on Monday night and you can grab tickets and details here.

See you guys there!

The Lillingtons recently appeared on the Red Scare Industries 10th anniversary compilation with a brand new song titled “Pyramids.” Their last full-length album was 2006′s The Too Late Show.