With FYF Fest quickly approaching this weekend, we decided to compile a list of must-see acts. While The Strokes, Interpol and Phoenix may be “headliners,” the 5 acts below are who we’re most excited to see.
The Bronx / Mariachi El Bronx: We were quite delighted to hear Mariachi El Bronx is playing FYF Fest this year. Their unique input to the Latin sound is fresh and fun for everyone involved. However, when we saw The Bronx is also listed to take the stage the day after Mariachi, we at the Noise were quite excited. It’s not very often you get to see both bands in the same year. So to see them both in the same weekend? Sign us up.
The Blood Brothers: Seeing this name on our list shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The Blood Brothers reuniting has easily been the most exciting news to hit the Noise office in 2014. The Blood Brothers in their hay day produced irreplaceable and spasmodic tracks even Riddlin couldn’t slow down. Case in point, “Guitarmy.” This 39-second smorgasbord of cymbal crashes and screeching vocals should prove our point. Pretty much, go see The Blood Brothers if you can. You deserve it.
Deafheaven: Out of San Francisco, CA, Deafheaven is an experimental black metal band who hit it big with their 2013 release Sunbather. Their distinct approach of creating elegant yet dark tunes left critics in a daze and wanting more. Fast forward to 2014, first time viewers of Deafheaven at this year’s FYF Fest will most likely be left bewildered as to whether they should fear or admire this act. We hope it’s both.
Balance and Composure: Balance and Composure is beautiful. There, we said it. We’re not afraid to admit it. With comparisons to pop-rock heavyweights, Brand New and Taking Back Sunday, this Doylestown, PA group will play music you mosh-pitting shit-stains will probably very quickly add to your “I wanna make out with this emotionally misunderstood chick” playlist. All in all, they make good music. End of story. Let’s move on.
La Dispute: Calling all fans of Thursday, Pianos Become the Teeth and Touché Amore: Your presence is requested Sunday at FYF Fest to witness the mighty La Dispute. This rowdy five-piece will be shaking up lucky concertgoers with their emotional yet abrasive music you have to hear to understand. Still not convinced? Check out their new album Rooms of the House for a glimpse of the excellent things to come.