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DS Show Review: FEST 16 Gainesville Day One

The night before the Fest, my wife and I sat out on the patio at the Wyndham Gainesville and enjoyed the delicious brews we grabbed at HourGlass Brewing on our way up. We sipped wistfully and gazed into the trees. I broke the silence, “Honey, tomorrow there are going to be people swinging in those trees, and running naked in the courtyard.” Obviously I had a slightly exaggerated sense of the debauchery that was to ensue, but only slightly.

I think we rolled out of bed on Friday morning around 10. We grabbed some coffee and got ourselves moving. Other than the bands that we wanted to see, we really didn’t have much of a plan or any idea what to expect. The first crisis of the day arose as I was getting dressed. I had decided to wear my The Spits shirt because I thought it was appropriately obscure and it’s yellow which would help keep the sun off of me on what was supposed to be a warm day. As I went through my luggage, I couldn’t find the shirt! I didn’t pack it!! Now what? Noise by numbers? Might give me some Chicago cred but too obscure. Desaparecidos? Naw. The Appleseed Cast. A band I like and have seen? Check. Obscure? I guess. Old shirt? Check. So I went with it.

After slamming a pineapple drink by the pool to the not-so-smooth sounds of Jason Guy Smiley, we decided to head over to the Holiday Inn and get our wristbands. The combination of people, confined space, and flea market atmosphere overwhelmed my senses and although I wanted to shop around, my agoraphobic side told me to get back out in the open air. We managed to fight though the cars and people. Made it to a parking structure and dumped the car. We lucked out with the parking situation. Not too expensive and close enough to the action to drop off any shirts, records, etc. that we accumulated.

The absolute best thing about the fest is the proximity of the different venues. You are never more than a five minute walk from any show. After grabbing a bite, we decided to check out A Wilhelm Scream. We beat the rush. Got our first of about 40 wrist bands, and looked to grab a beer. Eventually I would succumb to the masses and drink the more reasonably-priced PBR, but I started with the Swamphead IPA, which was actually pretty good. Caught a little A Wilhelm Scream and then cut for one of the first Mystery Shows of the weekend. Teenage Bottlerocket at High Dive doing Total in its entirety.

I’ll spare you the suspense. TB crushed it. High Dive is a great venue and I would recommend to future FESTers to see as many shows there as you can. If the choice is between High Dive and 8 Seconds, definitely take the Dive! After catching all 3 TB sets at FEST, I have to say I love these guys. Total was amazing!! They dropped “Skate or Die” and a few others to close out the set. Oddly enough, this was our second set of the fest and it stole the show. We wouldn’t know that until 40 bands later.

I wrote a piece about how to do the FEST, which was odd, because I’d never done it before. Still I had a philosophy in place, and that was to see as many bands as possible. We often had to make tough decisions and cut out early on some good sets, but I wanted to be on the move. So that explains how we hit The Flatliners, caught a bit of DAGS! (bought their record), saw some of Ratboys (not enough), and then hightailed it over to The Wooly to catch Tartar Control. These guys are awesome, the act is hilarious, and they just bring it 100%.

Next we hit Durty Nelly’s to catch The Bigger Empty. This is Mike Felumlee’s (Smoking Popes) other band, where he gets to come out from behind the kit and show off his boyish good looks. Great set from these guys. We moved on to catch Ghouls at Rockey’s where we hung on to catch the beginning of Sinai Vessel. My wife is a bad person and she really wanted to see The Lillingtons at 8 Seconds. We were worried that at one point people would just pick a spot and we wouldn’t be able to get into certain venues. So we cruised out of Sinai Vessel (very sad about that) and went to Pegboy at 8 Seconds.

Certainly Pegboy can turn your mood right around. They sounded great and hearing the songs off of “Strong Reaction” really brought back some mems. But 8 Seconds wasn’t full, and our fears of being shut out were unfounded, so we cruised back to Rockeys to catch Typesetter. Great set by them and afterward I got to catch up with Caleb Cordes of Sinai Vessel. I should mention that I had yet to get a shout out on my shirt and was questioning my choice to wear it. Then I met Caleb and he said “nice shirt.” I told him that SV reminded me of Appleseed Cast. He told me that he worked with Chris from AC on Brokenlegged. That totally blew my mind. The shirt was vindicated!!

FEST has a magic quality, maybe it’s the music, or something in the PBR that acts as the fountain of youth. At this point in the evening, we needed all the energy we could get. We were determined to catch The Lillingtons, so we went back to 8 Seconds and grabbed a couple of PBRs to pep us up. We arrived to the sounds of 88 Fingers Louie. I heard mixed reviews on their sound, but they definitely overcame the limitations of 8 Seconds better than most. I thought they sounded great. I could listen to Mr. Precision play all day. After we drained our PBRs, The Lillingtons came on. We hung on as long as we could, but had to cut out early. I don’t think they played our fave tune “All I hear is Static” so at least we didn’t miss that. We got some much-needed sustenance at the local Taco Bell, and then retired to our room for the evening, pretty amped to crash out so we could get up and do it all over again.



Video: 88 Fingers Louie perform “2810” at Live From The Rock Room

The latest video from Live At The Rock Room is of 88 Fingers Louie performing “2810”. Watch it below. The band will have their new 7″ Get Off My Lawn for sale later this Friday when they play The Fest, so be sure to grab a copy if you are there. If not you can catch them playing a few dates in November:

Nov 09 – Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bazaar
Nov 10 – Philadelphia, PA Voltage Lounge
Nov 11 – Pittsburgh, PA Hard Rock Cafe
Nov 12 – Baltimore, MD Ottobar



88 Fingers Louie announce new release “Get Off My Lawn”

Chicago punk legends 88 Fingers Louie have announced the release of a new 7″ titled “Get Off My Lawn”. The band will have it on sale at The Fest later this month where they will be playing alongside bands such as Against Me, Hot Water Music, Teenage Bottlerocket, Off With Their Heads and a lot more! The 7″ will include 2 new non album songs.



88 Fingers Louie announce Tropical Trainwreck Tour of California/Hawaii

Legends of the scene 88 Fingers Louie have announced their intentions to tour California and Hawaii next January. They’ll be joined by Sic Waiting, a veteran melodic hardcore band hailing from Oceanside, CA. We’ve listed the dates below, and included the tour poster.



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.



DS Interview: 88 Fingers Louie’s Denis Buckley discusses new album Thank You For Being A Friend

88 Fingers Louie formed in 1993 in Chicago. Now, as in earlier incarnations, 88 Fingers Louie is an often intensely personal, politically astute band. Also, the kind of band that could somehow take those two things and make them fun. When they dissolved in 1999, they were one of a handful of bands from that time period I always felt had at least another great album left in them. Thank You for Being a Friend, released by Bird Attack Records in June, proved that to be the truth. I had a chance to speak with vocalist Denis Buckley as the band was gearing up for their European tour.

Check out the interview below



88 Fingers Louie gears up for short UK tour

Chicago punk legends 88 Fingers Louie have announced a short run of UK tour dates. The band is heading out in support of their last full length ‘Thank You For Being A Friend’, which came out June 30th via Bird Attack Records.

Head down below for full tour dates.



88 Fingers Louie streams new full length ‘Thank You For Being A Friend’

Chicago punk legends 88 Fingers Louie are streaming their new full-length album. ‘Thank You For Being A Friend’ will be out tomorrow (30th of June) via Bird Attack Records, but you can already listen to the whole thing below.

If you like what you here, be sure to pick up a copy.

Thank You for Being a Friend is the band’s first album in almost 20 years, following 1998’s Back on the Streets.



88 Fingers Louie stop by The Rock Room to perform “Advice Column”

Live! From The Rock Room has released a video of 88 Fingers Louie performing “Advice Column.” The band also announced their record release show at Metro in Chicago on August 26th.

Their new album, “Thank You For Being a Friend” drops this Friday, June 30th on Bird Attack Records.

If this version of “Advice Column” isn’t enough to hold you over for a few days, check out their new song “Catastrophe Awaits” if you missed its release a few weeks ago.

Check out “Advice Column” from Live! At The Rock Room below!



88 Fingers Louie stream new song, “Catastrophe Awaits”, from forthcoming record “Thank You For Being a Friend”

The legends that are 88 Fingers Louie are streaming a new track from their soon to be released record Thank You For Being a Friend. “Catastrophe Awaits” is the second tune that the band are previewing from the album which is due out on June, 30th, 2017, via Bird Attack Records.

As well as the pending record, 88 Fingers Louie will be paying European fans a visit during the coming summer. You can listen to “Catastrophe Awaits”, and check out their tour dates below.



88 Fingers Louie launch pre-orders for new album “Thank You for Being a Friend”

Chicago punk legends 88 Fingers Louie‘s new album Thank You for Being a Friend is now available to pre-order. Options include digital, CD, black vinyl, and a super-limited amount of colored wax. Head over here to grab your copy.

Thank You for Being a Friend is set to release on June 30th through Bird Attack Records. It will be the band’s first album in almost 20 years, following 1998’s Back on the Streets.



88 Fingers Louie perform “Smart Enough to Run” on Live From The Rock Room

Chicago punk legends 88 Fingers Louie recently performed “Smart Enough to Run” on Live From The Rock Room.

You can check out that video below.

88 Fingers Louie is getting set to release their new album Thank You for Being a Friend on June 30th through Bird Attack Records.



88 Fingers Louie announce new album “Thank You for Being a Friend”, stream single

After many years of anticipation, 88 Fingers Louie have announced a follow-up to their 1998 LP Back on the Streets. The Chicago punk legends will release their new album Thank You for Being a Friend on June 30th through Bird Attack Records.

You can give the album’s first single “Advice Column” a listen below.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on Thank You for Being a Friend are revealed. Pre-orders will be available soon on Bird Attack’s bandcamp page.



Initial lineup for Fest 16 announced

The initial lineup for Fest 16 has been announced! Bands playing the 2017 edition of the massive Gainesville punk festival include Against Me! (playing Reinventing Axl Rose in its entirety), 88 Fingers Louie, Smoking Popes, The Lillingtons, Mustard Plug, and many others.

Many of the bands playing this year’s Pre-Fest Ybor City have also been announced.

The currently lineups for Fest 16 (October 27-29) and Pre-Fest 5 (October 25-26) can be viewed below. For more info, visit the festival’s official website.

We’ll keep you posted as more bands are announced and schedules are revealed.



88 Fingers Louie is in the studio, working on a new album

Chicago punk legends 88 Fingers Louie are wrapping up their time in the studio working on a new album, according to the band’s social media. With vocals finished last weekend, the band should be putting the finishing touches on this release, which is their first studio album since Back On The Streets came out in 1998.

88 Fingers Louie will also make their debut appearance at the Punk Rock Holiday music festival in Slovenia this year, so hopefully this is a sign of more things to come from the band.