Staff Picks: Bands To See At Fest 16

This up-coming weekend, FEST 16 will take over downtown Gainesville from Friday 27 to October to Sunday October 29. Before any music festival, making a must-see list full of where and when bands are playing is key. If you still need more bands to fill up your schedule, we’re here to help you out.

Make sure to check out the full schedule here.

Kevin Renard:

City of Caterpillar – Saturday at 8 Seconds from 9:30 pm to 10:10 pm. 

When City of Caterpillar broke up in 2003, I was a ripe 6 years old, still eating dirt and hanging lizards from my ears. It wouldn’t be another 7 or so years until I heard my first post-hardcore/skramz tracks, but you better believe I’m excited for this reunion. They might be one of the legacy bands playing, but I don’t doubt that they’ll bring all the energy of their music to Fest. Their S/T is still a classic.

Drug Church – Saturday at 8 Seconds from 4:00 pm to 4:40pm.

Maybe you’re like me, and sometimes you either get tired of punk music or one day you have an epiphany that one of your old favorite punk bands really aren’t good. Hopefully that isn’t you, but if it is, try Drug Church. I could never say “I’d want to be Patrick Kindlon when I grow up”, but the man sure is interesting, and he sure can perform a good punk song, whether in Self Defense Family or Drug Church. They’re both some of the only punk flavored bands I consistently listen to nowadays, and I’m thrilled to get to see Drug Church after I had to miss them last year.

You Blew It! – Saturday at The Wooly from 12:40 am to 1:20 am.

It’s the end of an era! It’s the last YBI show, and I can’t believe the nostalgia attack I’m going to have when I see them. Being from the Orlando area, there isn’t a shortage of memories I’ve had from either seeing them at a show or just listening to them at my OCPS high school; they were up there as ambassadors of Florida with Dikembe in that scene, and they were always a band to look up to. I still think “Kevin You’re Such a Disease” was titled after me. Long live You Blew It!

Ian Maikisch:

Alumine – Saturday at Hardback Cafe from 2:10 pm to 2:40 pm.

Okay. When it comes to Alumine the one thing I want to stress is the honesty in their writing. Alu’s writing has a way of creeping into your soul. The band seamlessly transitions from fast double time parts to cut time in their powerful and dynamic music. Their music is more like poetry put to drowning and intense sounds. If you really want a band that represents the best of what Gainesville has to offer, be sure to check this band out! If you aren’t dancing and moving by the end of the first song — you just don’t get it.

” Capturing a true and honest lyric of what it’s like to be alive as a human at this moment in time in your art is so rare that it is normally achieved by people who are universally renowned as “great.” Let alone a full song or album. Alumine’s self-titled EP has done this.” – New Music: Alumine Releases Self-Titled EP On Whelmed Records 

Rosemary Kennedy – Saturday at The Boxcar from 5:30 pm to 6:10 pm.

Rosemary Kennedy is a Gainesville staple. This band is made up of some of the most talented and dedicated musicians in this city. Their dynamic song writing and riffs make Rosemary Kennedy honestly one of my favorite Gainesville bands to see live. Late last year they released their debut EP, “French Exit.”

“This album is a solid example of melancholic nostalgia and that deep heavy feeling when you’ve realized you’ve lost something extremely important.” – Rosemary Kennedy releases new album: French Exit 

The Pauses – Friday at Loosey’s from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

Orlando natives, The Pauses are another staple of their local scene. Playing for almost 9 years now, this band has been releasing quality music the entire time. Their avant-garde style is truly unique, it’s almost like experimental indie music played on 70s’ instruments. With punchy bass, melodic guitar and vocals that, at the same time, have a powerful message and a hauntingly beautiful quality.

” I have a big passion for space and the psychology of how something makes you feel and the different aspects like color theory. I feel like that relates a lot to the human psyche and relationships…” – band’s singer, Tierney Tough in Q&A: The Pauses Talk New Album, Writing and The Orlando Music Scene 

Graham Johnson:

The Caffiends – Friday at High Dive from 9:10 pm to 9:40 pm. 

Since writing up The Caffiends for The Vinyl Warhol two years ago, they have gone through a bit of a metamorphosis. Coming from an extremely dirty hardcore sound to a more ska influenced dancy sound, one can be sure they’re still one hundred percent punk.

“[They] maintain [their] jazzy roots, while keeping pace with high-octane guitar, culminating in an experience that summons all your dear memories of getting your ass kicked at all those old living room and backyard shows.” – Caffiends ‘No Gods No Decaf’ (Album Review)

Gutless – Saturday at The Boxcar from 12:40 pm to 1:10 pm.

Gutless is definitely the most beautiful, wonderful, and pure band that I can think of. The passion emanating from lead, Vi’s, loving soul seeps into you and leaves you with a full heart. It is not a question of will, but of what you will feel at one of their shows.

“There’s a monumental and exquisitely satisfying contrast between the soft, clean tones of V’s piano and the guitar that reminds me of the cool winds after a storm that blow away all the bad weather and low spirits.” – New Music: Gutless Releases “Some Voids…”, 

Zeta – Sunday at The Atlantic from 9:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

Zeta is an experimental psychedelic act hailing all the way from Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela. They are one of the only bands I’ve ever heard that can transition seamlessly from Hardcore to Djent-y Metal and further into long psychedelic solos. Attending one of their shows is most definitely a trip. Join Zeta.

” Simply stated, they’re a band that shreds. So hard in fact that singer Juan Ricardo Yilo broke guitar strings just a few songs in but if anything, it only made the band’s performance stronger. He took it as a queue to grab the mic and put all the energy he had into the rest of their performance as did the rest of the band.” – Impressive Variation At The Atlantic: Zeta, Alumine, & Insignificant Other

Natalia Cuervo:

Gouge Away – Sunday at The Atlantic from 10:20 pm to 10:50 pm.

The passion in Christina’s vocals tied with her lyrics inspires me, every time, to keep my fire hot and my ideas radical. My heart pounds harder when the guitar and drums kick in, and I know that I don’t need saving. At the end, when everything quickly fades out, everyone listening knows that our generation is not going to take shit.

” Gouge Away is clearly a band with a message. One of resistance and power. Their consuming, fast paced songs cut like lighting against a pitch black sky where even if you’re not paying attention, you just can’t miss it.” – Hardcore at The Hardback: Gouge Away, Bite Marks, Living Lost, and Bird Eat Bird

Lindsy Carrasquillo:

Mom Jeans – Sunday at Palomino from 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm.

After being a casual fan of theirs since coming across their music earlier this year, they’ve turned into a band I listen to on a daily basis. With song names like “Edward 40hands” and “Vape Nation”, it’s easy to assume that their music doesn’t touch on anything serious but it’s far from that. The comedy only lies in the song’s titles as they’ve mastered a way of expressing emotional vulnerability within their lyrics that are cathartic to sing along to. Their sound is a mixture of math-rock and indie rock with songs that range from more acoustic based to heavy bass lines and instrumental breaks.

A.W. – Sunday at The Wooly from 5:10 pm to 5:50 pm.

I came across A.W.’s music in late 2015 and was immediately hooked, I think the fact that I got their album cover art for the 2014 E.P. ‘Remember When’ tattooed less than a year after first listening to it speaks for itself. While their earlier stuff is mostly heart-felt sad acoustic songs, their new record, New Love, stays true to earlier releases but with a fuller sound and continued honesty within their writing and I feel that their set will be a great contrast to the fast, heavy acts Fest is known for.




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