Posted in metal | music | pictures on November 10, 2010

by BBG

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It's 1PM in Texas and I just tied a bandana around my face before its time to get down to business. I'm not some outlaw out to rob a bank and hop on a speeding stagecoach; With the dry dirt and the hordes of kids in full-on circle-pit/floorpunch mode, a bandana or a surgical mask is a key tool in dealing with the clouds of dust that form around the chaos.

Chaos it was, off-stage that is, as the crowd popped for the likes of Suicidal Tendencies, Snapcase, Dwarves, Municipal Waste, Gwar, Mastodon and others on Fun Fun Fun Fest's Black Stage (where I spent a good bit of my time). Though I wandered to the Orange Stage to catch amazing performances from Cap'n Jazz, The Hold Steady & Descendents (among many others) and the Blue Stage to catch scorching shows from Big Freedia, Pharoahe Monch, Dam-Funk, and A-Trak, but it was the Black Stage where I caught pretty much every single band in action.

And that's a lot! One of the great things about the Black and Orange stages is that they are actually TWO stages each. A band will finish their set, and then on a stage right next to it, another band will line check and play. Times between bands varied (due to set time length and on occasion, technical difficulties), but there were moments when it was as low as 5 minutes between sets. More music and less downtime.

I started out my Saturday (11/6) with Black Congress, whose powerful post-hardcore impressed the early crowd. Hatred Surge followed, and even with a new singer in tow, the brutality has stayed a constant. Power Trip was next, and they do crossover-thrash that is less DRI/ Municipal Waste, and more serious/furious. Bands this good shouldn't play this early.

I'm very picky about sung vocals and punk rock, so it's sort of no surprise that I didn't care for either Bad Religion (who had no guitar in the mix for the first three songs), The Briggs or The Vandals, but I did enjoy what I saw of Strike Anywhere's live set (even though I am not into their recorded output). Dreadlocked singer Thomas Barnett is as energetic a frontman as I would see on the Black Stage all weekend, and really added tremendous power to the band's melodic hardcore.

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Strike Anywhere is from Richmond, and the band got a "Richmond represent" shout out from the great Municipal Waste that day. The band thrashed their way through one of my favorite sets of the afternoon, complete with thrown trash cans, a wall of death, stage diving, and an "execution" courtesy of fellow Richmond band Gwar. Gwar was fun in a kitschy way and delivered a great set later in the day, but the crowd energy and the precision of MW's live show was the most memorable.

Also on the Black stage were Valient Thorr and The Casualties who both delivered energetic sets, with the latter giving a crusty spin on the Ramones classic "Blitzkrieg Bop". The mohawk-ed kids went ape, and a wall of death, which was later faux-mocked by Municipal Waste when they initiated their own wall of death, was called upon by vocalist Jorge Herrera.

On the Orange stage, I managed to catch Woven Bones, The Appleseed Cast, and Jeff The Brotherhood. Jeff The Brotherhood is a staple of the small stage in NYC, so it was a bit odd to hear that guitar tone blaring out of 50 feet of PA speakers. Odd, but no less fun/impressive.

Along with Municipal Waste, Big Freedia was another one of my favorite sets of the day. Her nonsense odes to ass, ass, and ass-clapping were a pure sugar-rush and left 90% of the crowd in hilarious amazement and the other 10% with a big old "WTF" look. The Freedia set was tamer than her usual appearances, but no matter, it was still much fun and much booty-shakin. Dam-Funk would also get the crowd moving on that same stage hours later.

Seeing Big Freedia meant missing a good portion of Cap'n Jazz, who announced on stage that Fun Fun Fun would be their last show. Unbelieveably kinetic and powerful, Cap'n Jazz reminds me that emo is short for "emotional" and not just a psuedonym for pop-crossover. Mesmerizing and awesome.

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Sunday (11/7) was a late start for me, so I got to the venue to see the tail end of Junius (who played 2nd, after Eagle Claw on the Black Stage). They're a band I'm very familiar with for their latter-Isis crunch-and-clean vocals steelo. It was surprisingly the next band that really got me going: Peelander-Z. With a large crowd looking on, Peelander-Z delivered an incredible mix of energy, stage presence, audience participation, fun and simple song-craft, and plain old good times. They played from the crowd. They stage dove. They led the audience in a giant game of limbo. They had a footrace. Totally fun.

I have a lot of recent experience seeing OFF!, High on Fire, Kylesa, Floor, Mastodon, and The Bronx, who all played the Black Stage that day. All gave predictably excellent shows though Kylesa in particular seemed a bit more energetic that usual (lots of Laura pogoing). It might have been the fact that FFF marked the end of their US tour with Torche and High on Fire, but they were particularly good on that sweltering Sunday afternoon. Floor was great as usual, though I enjoyed them more at Red 7 later that night... possibly because their music felt like a bookend to a great weekend. Both High on Fire and Mastodon's setlist delved into all of their recorded efforts which, as a long time fan, was comforting.

I'm not particularly scared of anyone, but Human Furnace of Ringworm gives me the shakes. His gravelly voice propels the rest of the Clevo-hardcore band forward and blew my mind that afternoon. They were one of my highlights of the day, and if I had only seen them and Snapcase on Sunday, I would have been content.

If my dad listened to modern music anymore, he would go apeshit for The Hold Steady. The band cranked out a crunchy Springsteen-esque set and sounded better than I have ever heard them before. Though they were killing on the Orange stage, I made the hard decision to bounce to catch the rest of Suicidal Tendencies' set.

Nothing against Mike Muir, but he isn't in the same shape that John Joseph of the Cro-Mags is (Muir and the rest of the known universe). No matter, it doesn't stop him from zigging and zagging back and forth on stage as the rest of Suicidal Tendencies runs through hits like "You Can't Bring Me Down" and "I Saw Your Mommy". High energy stuff; I can't imagine running in circles while trying to recite the words to "Institutionalized". Catch Suicidal and Cro-Mags together at Terminal 5 on November 14th.

If I was to pick two of my favorite sets from Sunday, the winners easily go to Snapcase and Descendents. Snapcase was brutal, technical, confrontational, and totally fun; the crowd gave back every ounce of energy that the band put in. From the opening notes of their third song, "Zombie Transmission" from Progress Through Unlearning, I knew that this was going to be a highlight. We need more shows from Snapcase.

Descendents, who we also need more shows from, are one of the few bands that pass my "no clean vocals in punk rock" test. Their songs are funny without being goofy, melodic without being overtly pop, and driving/hard when they want to be. Classics like "Suburban Home", "Bikeage" and a good portion of Somery, "Everything Sucks" and many of the highlights from that LP, and tons of others all made their way onto the setlist that night. And yes, the band made sure to fit in "All" and "Weinerschnitzel". Too fun, and though I left Mastodon early to catch them, I have no regrets.

As far as pictures go, we already split the fest up into ten other posts, my pictures from Saturday included. This post is number 11 and it includes all my pictures from Sunday (and it is our final set of Fun Fun Fun pics from this year) which continue, below...

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Comments (28)

I fucking cannot fucking stand the old steady. white, yuppie, park slope, frat boy rock.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 8:42 PM

I appreciate all kinds of music and thought this post was interesting. Lol at the comment above. Also.. have you guys heard about the Reality Rocks Online Fan Awards, I'm surprised I didn't hear about it on this blog first. I'm having so much fun voting for my favorite shows.You wouldn’t believe who’s winning! I'm so excited about it! Check it out and VOTE for your fav shows! I'm voting everday! www.realityrocks.net

Posted by jdanielle | November 10, 2010 8:46 PM

OMG voting for your favorite shows is so much fun LOL

kil yourself

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 9:07 PM

FUCKING ENOUGH OF THIS ALREADY BV. ENOUGH. FOR FUCKS SAKE.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 9:17 PM

every time I type brooklynvegan.com into my browser I get to austinvegan.com. Supwitdat

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 9:41 PM

there is a world outside of NYC dumbshit

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 9:52 PM

Then that world outside of NYC should get their own local blog. Cunt face

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 10:06 PM

agreed with 9:17 and 9:41.....this is REALLY starting to get ridiculous.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 10:09 PM

FFF is great, but I don't want to see it on BV. OK, the lineup is a killer, so maybe ONE post, not four.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 10:13 PM

LET'S PUT UP SOME CMJ PICS!

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 10:29 PM

^CMJ su-ucked this year. what a load of bullshit indie rock.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 10:49 PM

The bronx are still a band! WTF

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 10:52 PM

All I wanted was a fucking Pepsi.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 11:08 PM

PLEASE ENOUGH OF THIS FUN FUN FUN FEST POSTS!!!!!!

PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 11:22 PM

FUNFUNFUNFESTVEGAN.COM?

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 11:23 PM

We'd all rather pick our noses than look at more FFF photos...

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 11:26 PM

I don't care how good this fest is/was.

I don't have to reed 10 times and see 10000 pics, even if I had attended I wouldn't care to see the same posts over and over.

Is BV going nuts?

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 11:28 PM

kind of funny how pathetic someone is to post the same hate message over and over. get a life, you're probably the same dude on the GBV thread

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 1:33 AM

Love it that Ringworm's guitarist has a Jagerbomb sticker on his guitar. Band is awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 9:08 AM

Ahhhhh, you missed The Gories BV. punk legends. no mention.

Posted by Rasmus | November 11, 2010 9:16 AM

"Ahhhhh, you missed The Gories BV. punk legends. no mention."

It's probably in one of the other thousands of posts about FFF.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 9:57 AM

BV -

I've really enjoyed your posts and pics on F3F 2010. Your photos are amazing and I thank you for sharing them. It was an incredible weekend, and great to see so many great bands and old friends.

Many cheers!

Mack D.
http://rockthought.com

Posted by The Rockumentor | November 11, 2010 5:30 PM

really? people miss snapcase? ok

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2010 7:50 AM

Oh man we saw two completely different festival line ups, that's so awesome and one of things i love about Fun Fun Fun Fest. Did you get to see The Bronx's mariachi band?

Posted by Tiney | November 16, 2010 2:03 AM

"Ahhhhh, you missed The Gories BV. punk legends. no mention."

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/tag/the%20gories

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 2:33 AM

hope you had a great time in Tejas! Peelander were a total nutwagon. Great shows overall, great pics!!

Posted by dex | March 8, 2011 11:26 PM

the snapcase song is called "zombie PRESCRIPTION" not zombie transmission

Posted by buttmiser | March 26, 2011 3:32 PM

It was an great to see so many amazing bands. Suicidal Tendencies and Mastodon was awesome!

Posted by Ava | March 12, 2012 10:50 AM

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