We’re mere days away from the biggest punk fest that the US has to offer. The Fest in Gainesville starts at the end of this week. In preparation, we chatted with Ray Teenage Bottlerocket about fucking on Fest premises a few years back, his son’s epic Halloween costume, and the bands on his “To See” list.
TBR will be playing Pre-Fest at The Orpheum on Wednesday, October 25th at 10:30PM and playing at Bo Diddley at Fest on Saturday, October 28th at 3:10PM.
Ray Will also be playing solo at Pre-Fest at The Bricks on Thursday, October 26th at 1:50PM and at Big Lou’s at 4:10PM on Sunday, October 29th.
How many years have you played or gone to Fest?
This will be Teenage Bottlerocket’s 6th year playing Fest. We played Fests 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 16.
What is your favorite Fest memory?
At Fest 12, I had sex with my girlfriend under the stage while Dwarves played. It was a short lived memory, but definitely a favorite
What is your favorite restaurant or type of food to eat either in Gainesville or in traveling to Fest?
I like the tacos at Boca Fiesta. I like Taco Bus if your traveling in and see one. Compared to Wyoming, all the food is exquisite, we have Taco Johns though.
What bands are on your “To See” list this year?
Even though Fest does not fall on Halloween this year, will you be wearing a costume? If so, what?
I’m not dressing up, but my kid is going as a drowning victim at home. We are painting him blue. He’s got little arm floats. He has a snorkel and mask, and he’s going to be wearing flip flops, a swimsuit, and a Hawaiian shirt. How cute!
What cover sets are you stoked to see?
I guess the Squirtgun one. I didn’t really check out the options.
Do you have a Fest tattoo?
Yes, I have a #2 pencil that says ‘Ramones’ on it. I got it at Pre-Fest. Does that count?
Have you ever done a shoey?
Shit no, never. But our drummer Darren has.
How you prepare for getting and deal with having that terrible post-Fest Flu?
Plenty of fluids and rest.