The first ONCE Fest
1st Annual ONCE Fest
Future Teens, Kindling, Sam Moss
156 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA, 02143
Doors 3:00 PM / Show 4:00 PM (event ends at 1:00 AM)
Future Teens started as a joke, and perhaps appropriately, the band played their first show in a sweaty basement while a Fourth of July barbecue raged outside. They played three songs at that 2014 show, each less practiced than the one before.
The group's debut EP Still Afraid of Allston was scruffy and full of hooks, a bedroom-pop gem that was recorded "right into the computer—we didn't even use amps," Radin (Vocals/Bass) recalls. The charming, conversational songs demanded a fuller sound in a live setting at the band's shows in their hometown of Boston and beyond and so drummer Dylan Vadakin, guitarist Nick Cortezi, and vocalist and guitarist Amy Hoffman signed on.
In 2017, Future Teens wrapped Bored And Alone, which was self-produced and mixed by Justin Pizzoferrato (Speedy Ortiz, Krill). The band's hooks and energy are bolstered by the four-piece setup; "when you're with three other people, you can bounce ideas off each other and collaboration is just more fulfilling," says Radin.
Though standalone in itself, Bored and Alone is a precursor to the band’s first full length effort, Hard Feelings. The album title encapsulates how each song toes the line between despair and humor. “Having feelings all the time is hard — but everyone has them in one way or another— my goal with these songs was to write about things that happen to nearly everyone at some point in their lives” Radin explains.
Hard Feelings is out now via Take This to Heart Records features 10 tracks of romantic misadventure, miscommunication and mistakes. The album also features songwriting from Hoffman and Vadakin. Hoffman remarks, “These new songs are happy sad. Though some are sadder than others, singing them is always cathartic.”
$12.00 - $20.00
Tickets Available at the Door
ONCE FEST is a concept created by local musicians to utilize what so many people in Boston consider to be the best independent venue in town. Each year we plan to donate the funds from the festival to a different cause. For our first year, to support ONCE through what has been a challenging time, we are donating a portion of the funds raised back to ONCE. Reinvesting in the scene is essential to keep independent safer space venues alive and thriving, and we’re excited to have so many incredible bands interested in joining the cause.