Oakland’s This is My Fest is at the end of the month! We wanted to do something to help celebrate one of our favorite West Coast DIY fests. So every Tuesday and Thursday, we have been releasing an interview with one of the bands who will be playing TIM Fest this year. Want to know where The Decline loves to play when they’re on tour in the Bay? We’ve got that. Want to know if The Copyrights think NorCal or SoCal has the best burritos in California? We’ve got that. Want to know what Danzig’s fondest punk house moment was? We… well we don’t have that. But we’ve got other cool shit you’ll probably also like.
We chatted with Milwaukee’s Avenues about DIY fests, the TIM Fest lineup, prepping their van for tour, and more!
In case you didn’t know: the fourth installment of This is My Fest will commence on Thursday, September 28th and the party will continue all weekend through Sunday, October 1st. Four day weekend passes are now on sale for only $40, a huge discount from what the walk up price will be for all five shows! That’s so few dollars for so many bands! There are still more bands to be announced, as well as daily schedules and a few other surprises. Tickets are limited, so grab your pass today!
Are there any other festivals like This Is My Fest that you recommend?
La Escalera Fest on the West Coast or if you happen to be in the Midwest, Nick Woods from Direct Hit! puts on a pretty rad music fest called Dummerfest.
Which area of California has the better burrito, NorCal or SoCal?
No contest, SoCal has the superior burrito by far. We’ve eaten plenty of burritos in our day.
What bands are you most excited to see or play alongside this year?
We are stoked to play with and see The Copyrights, Success, Sic Waiting, and Broadway Calls. All are solid bands and super rad dudes!
Does your band have any sort of fun tour “games” or “traditions”?
I guess it is sort of becoming a tradition that every time we go out on the road we make our bassist, Scott, change the oil in the van. It is a funny sight seeing him crawl under the van in his work dress clothes only to get covered in oil, he still hasn’t learned to change first. Other than that we like to take awkward photos of our drummer Marc while he sleeps. He sleeps a lot so we have a nice collection going.
If you could play with one Bay Area band – active or not – which and why?
That’s a hard one to answer with so many great bands out of the Bay Area. Would have to say either Chimpshrine or Fifteen; growing up they were both pretty big influences.
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