BLARE’s 40 Must-Hear Bands At The Fest

In all fairness, anyone that still claims “punk rock is dead” deserves a slap to the face. As 2011 and THE FEST FL (FEST 10) shows, the genre hasn’t been on life support for quite some time; it’s just been building momentum to explode on the radio once again. Known for being a predominantly punk rock festival that also showcases post-hardcore and alternative pop, Fest 10 is taking over Gainesville, Florida, yet again with an extraordinary lineup that makes some wish Vans Warped Tour had a bit more grit and was a tad similar. A long look at this year’s festival shows a few major names – Hot Water Music, Bouncing Souls, Against Me!, Lifetime – but if you dig deeper (see below) there are a lot of new faces out there to fall for.

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THE RIOT BEFORE // “WHAT I’VE MISSED”
(Richmond, Virginia / Paper + Plastick Records)

DILLINGER FOUR // “A JINGLE FOR THE PRODUCT”
(Minneapolis, Minnesota / Fat Wreck Chords)

AMPERE // LINK TO MUSIC
(Amherst, Massachusetts / No Idea Records)

MOCKINGBIRD WISH ME LUCK // “AMERICAN HOMES”
(Kitchener, Ontario / Dine Alone Records)

ELWAY // “PASSING DAYS”
(Fort Collins, Colorado / Red Scare Industries)

MAKE DO AND MEND // “FIREWATER”
(Hartford, Connecticut / Paper + Plastick Records)

PUNCH // “HOW NOTHING LASTS”
(San Francisco, California / Deathwish Inc.)

CIRCLE TAKES THE SQUARE // “SPIRIT NARRATIVE”
(Georgia/Virginia/Canada / Gatepost Recordings)

GREAT CYNICS // “NIGHTCAPS”
(London, England / Kind Of Like Records)

NOTHINGTON // “THE OCEAN”
(San Francisco, California / BYO Records)

COBRA SKULLS // “SOLASTALGIA”
(Reno, Nevada / Fat Wreck Chords)

LIVING WITH LIONS // “HONESTY, HONESTLY”
(Vancouver, British Columbia / Black Box Recordings)

PROTAGONIST // “TUNBRIDGE”
(Boca Raton, Florida / Paper + Plastick Records)

TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET // “SKATE OR DIE”
(Laramie, Wyoming / Fat Wreck Chords)

BANGERS // “MAKING FRIENDS”
(Cornwall, England / Specialist Subject Records)

POLAR BEAR CLUB // “KILLIN’ IT”
(Rochester, New York / Bridge Nine Records)

TIGERS JAW // “PLANE VS. TANK VS. SUBMARINE”
(Scranton, Pennsylvania / Run For Cover Records)

JUNIOR BATTLES // “SEVENTEEN”
(Toronto, Canada / Paper + Plastick Records)

OFF WITH THEIR HEADS // “DRIVE”
(Minneapolis, Minnesota / Epitaph)

LEMURIA // “WISE PEOPLE”
(Buffalo, New York / Bridge Nine Records)

DEAR LANDLORD // “NEIGHBORS”
(Minneapolis, Minnesota / No Idea Records)

NATIVE // “BACKSEAT CREW”
(Northwest Indiana / Sargent House)

LIFETIME // LINK TO MUSIC
(New Brunswick, New Jersey / Decaydance)

TOUCHE AMORE // “TILDE”
(Los Angeles, California / Death Wish Inc.)

BANQUETS // “ELEANOR, I NEED A GARDEN”
(Jersey City, New Jersey / Black Numbers)

HEARTSOUNDS // “I HAVE NOBODY TO BETRAY”
(San Francisco, California / Epitaph)

GREYS // LINK TO MUSIC
(Toronto, Ontario / Concession Records)

AGAINST ME! // “I WAS A TEENAGE ANARCHIST”
(Gainesville, Florida / Independent)

P.S. ELIOT // “ENTENDRE”
(Birmingham, Alabama / Salinas Records)

SUCH GOLD // “SYCAMORE”
(Rochester, New York / 6131 Records)

KOJI // “SHE TOOK HIM TO THE LAKE”
(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania / Run For Cover Records)

CARPENTER // “MEAN THINGS”
(Vancouver, British Columbia / Paper + Plastick Records)

COMADRE // “GROW WORMS”
(San Francisco, California / Bloodtown Recordings)

WEAK TEETH // “NEW THEATRES FOR THE COMMON MAN”
(Providence, Rhode Island / Independent)

WE WERE SKELETONS // LINK TO MUSIC
(Lancaster, Pennsylvania / Topshelf Records)

BOMB THE MUSIC INDUSTRY! // “FELT JUST LIKE VACATION”
(Brooklyn, New York / Quote Unquote Records)

FORMER THIEVES // “TRUST FUND KIDS”
(Cedar Falls, Iowa / No Sleep Records)

CAPTAIN, WE’RE SINKING // “CRUSHED BY MILWAUKEE’S BEST”
(Scranton, Pennsylvania / Kind Of Like Records)

PIANOS BECOME THE TEETH // “SPINE”
(Baltimore, Maryland / Topshelf Records)

TED LEO & THE PHARMACISTS // “WHERE WAS MY BRAIN”
(Washington D.C. / Matador Records)

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