THE FEST FLORIDA AND PABST BLUE RIBBON PRESENTS:
Big Pre-Fest In Little Ybor DAY 1
F.Y.P., Mean Jeans, Off With Their Heads, Cobra Skulls, Lee Corey Oswald, Tim Version, Tiltwheel, The Dopamines, Crusades, The Holy Mess
1915 East 7th Avenue
Tampa, FL, 33605
Doors 5:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Big Pre-Fest In Little Ybor
We will be hosting 100 bands to start, in 5 venues with 6 stages over two days with many of the bands playing extra “special” sets for PRE-FEST!!!
Just a reminder, ALL BANDS PLAYING PRE-FEST WILL BE PLAYING FEST 12. However, many of the bands will be playing "Special" sets at PRE-FEST in Ybor. We will be announcing this info hopefully in a few weeks as well as the BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR schedule! So, if you can make it down for the long run, you will be in store for a treat. Or, if you can't make it on FEST 12 weekend, here is a chance to attend PRE-FEST and see a big chunk of the bands playing FEST 12!
Off With Their Heads
When it comes to unpredictable, self-deprecating, beer-swigging, working class punk rock, you don’t have to look much further than Off With Their Heads. Whether they’re playing to a crowd of twelve at a dingy sh*thole in Iowa or in front of thousands on tour with bands like Against Me, one thing is always certain, OWTH deliver honest rip-roaring punk rock in it’s true form time and time again. And as the band readies the release of their second full length album, In Desolation, OWTH soldiers on in their busted up RV, playing to those who’ll listen and self-loathing every minute of it.
Formed in 2002, Off With Their Heads went through a slew of musicians before finally cementing the lineup with Ryan Young on vocals/guitar, Justin Francis on drums, Zack Gontard on guitar and Robbie Swartwood on bass. Since their inception, the band has released an impressive catalog of music including seventeen 7”’s, one LP and a few comps, and has toured relentlessly in US, Europe, Canada and Japan for the past five years with bands like Against Me, Youth Brigade, The Bouncing Souls and Municipal Waste to name a few.
It was during Off With Their Heads’ 2009 tour with Against Me when the band got the call from Epitaph’s owner/president Brett Gurewitz saying that he was a fan of the band.
“Off With Their Heads might be the best punk band going right now, Epitaph needs them; music needs them,” says Gurewitz.
“I remember the first time I'd heard of Epitaph,” Young adds. “It was when I was in junior high and Rancid had just released Let’s Go. I saw the video, and immediately went and bought the record. I got into the compilations, and that started me on the road to finding all these great aggressive catchy punk bands. Living in a small farm town, I had never been exposed to this kind of music before, and from there I learned about punk. I guess you could say Epitaph was my gateway into everything that I would wind up becoming. For that reason alone, I am ecstatic to be a part of one of the biggest influences on my life.”
Off With Their Heads are well on their way to carving out their own punk rock story with their modern take on vintage punk fueled anthems. As the band begins the next chapter of their career they took the time to record their best album to date.
Produced by Off With Their Heads and Jacques Wait at the Terrarium in Minneapolis, In Desolation is 34 minutes of non-stop gut wrenching honesty. Singer Ryan Young’s candid lyrics about life’s misadventures, stress, drugs, love, death and everything between add a raw surly edge to the band’s full-throttle music.
“This record is kind of a collective mix of all the styles we've done in the past,” Young explains. “Everything from aggression to sappy bullshit, because that’s who I am! This is going to be the record for people who like the whole spectrum of what we do.”
From its first track, “Drive,” a petal-to-the-metal opener about Young’s incessant habit of over thinking things and becoming his own worst critic, to the harsh reality of OD’ing on the sobering yet rowdy song “Trying to Breath” and the explosive middle-finger-in-the-air sing along “Their Own Medicine,”
In Desolation is authentic punk rock to its core from a working band who lives and breathes it every day.
When it comes to touring virtually year round it isn’t a choice as much as it’s a lifestyle for Off With Their Heads, and after years on the road the band has finally taken a brief break.
“Until the record comes out in June, we won’t be doing any shows,” says Young. “That’s the longest stretch in almost two years that we haven’t been on the road. People ask us how it feels to finally get to relax. I'm fucking bored. The other guys are bored. We want to get back out. Not to further our band, but just because we love doing it and are used to it. The title In Desolation comes from a lyric in the song “ZZYZX” on the record. I chose that because after years constantly on the road, being 100 percent by myself sounded pretty rad.”
In June Off With Their Heads will once again pack the RV and head out on another indefinite tour strapped with one of the year’s most engaging punk rock records and the sheer will to keep the wheels turning.
When Devin from the Cobra Skulls sat down to write Agitations, the third Cobra Skulls full length and
first for Fat Wreck Chords, due out Sept. 27, he found himself in a different situation than he'd ever been
in before. I'll let him tell you all about it:
"In the past I've always written songs sporadically and when it seemed as though a song wanted to
write itself, but for our new album, Agitations, the process was a little different because time was a bit
of a constraint… I had less than a month to write an entire album. Solitude was definitely a necessity for
me to write…so I moved into a cheap, dirty, weekly motel in Reno"
The result is thirteen of the most blistering, concise Cobra Skulls songs ever assembled in album form.
Only one track clocks in at over three minutes and as usual, the band is almost incomprehensibly angry
at the world at large. No target is too weird, too outside the normal realm of traditional punk angst for
the Cobra Skulls. Agitations sets its sites on the crumbling economy, our unsustainable auto-obsessed
culture, the xenophobia bred in the post 9-11 political climate, their own families and friends and
prisons that are run like profit-turning businesses. Nothing's spared in the latest from these hyper-
intelligent, incisive, uncompromising, politically charged, lovelorn misanthropes, but that's par for the
course for an album from Reno's favorite sons.
Formed in 2005 in the Biggest Little City in the World, Cobra Skulls began packing basements and
garages around the southwest before catching the attention of Red Scare Industries in 2006, where
they dropped two full lengths and began to make noise on a more national level. Fat Mike eventually
got the message that an angry punk band with an unclassifiable sound that seemed to simultaneously
worship Bad Religion, the Misfits, The Clash, and Mike Ness's rockabilly songs was making the rounds,
so he signed 'em up in a hurry and helped them put out the critically acclaimed 2011 ep Bringing the
War Home. When it was time for a debut Fat Wreck full length, the Cobra Skulls hit Motor Studios in
San Francisco (NOFX, Lagwagon, pretty much everything on Fat from the 90's) to record Agitations, the
results are 13 songs that Fat Mike has since referred to as 'the best' Cobra Skulls album to date. In the
words of Devin: "Every song has a distinct personality. Some are fast, some are mid-tempo… Some songs
sound influenced by blues, rockabilly, pop and some even have hints of jazz, funk and folk, but all songs
are rooted in an old school punk spirit."
The Cobra Skulls are renowned for their nonstop touring and the cycle for Agitations will be no
exception. For starters, they'll be hitting the whole of North America with Nothington, including a stop
at the Fest in Gainesville. After that, you know how it goes. They're going around the world to scream
about the fucked up injustices that plague the world in both English and Spanish. And if you don't
speak either of those? Well, you can just marvel at the seamless blending of punk, ska, blues, jazz and
rockabilly that the Cobra Skulls are known for. Or you can explain how you've read this bio, because
that's pretty impressive too.
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love, falling down and getting back up again. The super generic Ramones-Core on this record is a healthy mix of the Kobanes and Future Lovers; all fueled by way too much alcohol! This band puts a ton of heart into what they do and this album shows it. If The Dopamines don't get you movin', you're probably already dead and just don't know it yet.