So, Dad Joke Productions’ first stab at a 2 day, well, punk mess called, ummm, Punk Mess is in the books. Featuring local bands definitely on the punk end of the rock spectrum, and some super touring bands, the inaugural festival sure felt like a success to me, or at least one hell of a start.
Each night had really different crowds. Night 1, at Dollhouse Productions, skewed much younger than the following night. Everything seemed to go off without a hitch, except for a guitar that gave up the ghost during Generation Pill’s set. Tight Genes was the highlight of the night for me.
Night 2 at The Jinx drew a little bit rowdier, little bit older crowd, and for that matter, bands. Hosted by Influenza Mueller, it was a much more beer soaked (both literally and figuratively) and, uhh, blood soaked experience. It was Friday the 13th, after all. I was a bit bummed that Shoplifters cancelled (get well!) and then even more bummed that Slugga cancelled, but hell, there was still great music in spades. Manic and The Depressives played again to help fill in, which actually worked out great because I thought they sounded much better the second time around. For me personally Golden Pelicans ruled the night, but, you know, that’s just like, my opinion, man. Bonus points to whoever yelled out “Do a burnout!” during Forced Entry‘s set. That shit was hilarious.
You know what? Just check out the photos, they paint a better picture than my wordsmithery ever could.