The Fest 17 - Friday's Best Under 1000

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Welcome to the beginning of MELTT’s Fest 17 coverage! We’re going to be down in Florida in a few weeks getting the low-down on all the happenings of Fest and the sets you NEED to be catching.

This playlist consists of some of the best songs that have less than 1000 Spotify plays. All the artists on this particular playlist are playing on Friday 10/26. We’ll have a version of this playlist for bands on that Saturday and Sunday too! Along with a little bit of commentary, the time & location of their sets are included.

featuring: We Bless This Mess Greg Rekus Sarchasm Billy Reese Peters Sandspur City Starter Jackets Headlines Four Lights Hans Gruber and the Die Hards California Cousins

We Bless This Mess - “Live For Today” - “Conscious Folk Punk” from fucking PORTUGAL! Definitely catch this set… you need to see this band and, unless you live in Portugal, this might be a rare opportunity. - Civic Media Center, 9-9:30pm

Greg Rekus - “Never Satisfied” - Another international artist, canadian Greg Rekus has toured from Canada to Ukraine to Mexico and everywhere in between- along with releasing three independent full length albums of folk-infused rock and roll. -- Civic Media Center, 8:20-8:50pm

Sarchasm - “Cut My Hair” -  “Don’t tell me because I already know that I’m a lie” Sarchasm, from Berkeley, CA has been tearing up the west coast for years, and I am very sad that I am just NOW running into them. According to the Fest bio, their favorite pizza topping is “Pesto or cheese + olives!” which is probably the most unique that I have seen.  - Boca Fiesta/Palomino Pool, 7:10-7:40

Billy Reese Peters - “The Night ‘Dude’ Became A Four Letter Word” - Billy Reese Peters’ bio is literally just “The party ain’t easy” and their favorite pizza topping is “Lizards”, so I think that pretty much encapsulates the vibe of the music, honestly. -  Durty Nelly’s, 10:30-11pm

Sandspur City - “Hey Dude, Your Dad’s a Dick” - Opening with pop punk-ish guitar riff, one of my favorite parts of this song is the lyric “I know I’m fuckin up, you know I’m fuckin off”. I’m listening to this on the train right now, and I can already tell that it’s going to be stuck in my head for the rest of the day. - Durty Nelly’s, 9:40-10:10pm

Starter Jackets - “Northender” - I am not much of a dancer, but this song makes me want to dance. It actually makes me feel really, genuinely more confident. “I’m building my masterpiece but it ain’t time to show it/I’m the king of this goddamn town but nobody knows it” - Durty Nelly’s, 6:20-6:50pm

Headlines - “Teething” - Hailing from NYC, Headlines is the result of seasoned pros who describe themselves as “melodic garbage punk”. You know they’re too legit to quit by both the infectious chorus of the song and the fact that they don’t have a favorite pizza topping in their bio… I’m assuming this means that every topping is their favorite. - High Dive, 6:30-7pm

Four Lights - “Again and Again” - “Why does it always end like this / one more shot and one more miss”. These Seattle pop-rockers wake up the sometimes tired idea of a literal “I miss you” song in “Again and Again”.   - Mother’s Pub, 6:30-7pm

Hans Gruber and the Die Hards - “My Bad Luck”- Even though their set starts at 4:50, I fully expect everyone to put all of their energy into moshing for this 54 second song. -  Mother’s Pub, 4:50-5:20pm

California Cousins - “Sand in Pockets” - One time I was making a grocery list for my mom and not paying attention to what I was writing and accidentally wrote “california cousins” on it, because that’s how hooked I am on this band. -  Rockey’s Piano Bar, 10:30-11:00p

Keep an eye out for more FEST content in the coming weeks!