Fest is a special time to be in Florida. Always occurring Halloween weekend in Gainesville when the massive rivalry between University of Florida and University of Georgia deports the jock crowd from the college town to Jacksonville for the weekend, the festival imports passionate punk fans from all around the world. This year's lineup is especially ridiculous, featuring Melvins, Mineral, Descendents, Lifetime, Hot Water Music, Cheap Girls and more, displaying a scary awesome range of exciting acts.
BrooklynVegan obviously got as overwhelmed as we all are, and started investigating the bands they weren't familiar with to highlight deserving lesser-knowns, assembling a list of 15 bands to check out at the Fest, and what do you know, but two Orlando bands caught their attention: Wet Nurse and the Pauses.
Wet Nurse gets compared to Vivian Girls and noted as one of Florida's most standout smaller acts, and the Pauses were likened to Mates of State and St. Vincent and championed for being "hella diverse." We are lucky to hear from both bands frequently, and they even put their heads together back in July for an awesome 1994 cover show at Will's Pub, so we've seen 'em play it straight and silly. (I still get all smiley recollecting Wet Nurse's Offspring cover.) (ICYMI: The Pauses released four live videos from the show.)
BrooklynVegan also highlighted Young Ladies, whose debut music video you might remember from when we shared it back in May, the new project out of New York featuring Orlando ex-pat and Discount/Monikers guitarist Ryan Seagrist, as well as former Monikers bassist Jon Murray.
Fest 13 is Oct. 31-Nov. 2 all over Gainesville's best clubs and venues (and bookstores, restaurants, neighborhoods, it's everywhere). P.S. Hey, BrooklynVegan, if you're looking for a quality meal, don't skip out on the jerk tofu at Reggae Shack. It's worth the wait.