Guts Fest

Lets it All Hang Out

On a sunny Saturday afternoon at Parisite Skatepark, the inaugural Guts Fest kicked off this past 4/20 with a dozen bands. Ded Debbie opened, full throttle, with their drummer preparing to grace the stage again six hours later, in surf rock punk band The Nancies. REDDIX-YOUNG came next, with a performance so energetic it left the lead singer bleeding and a guitar nearly smashed. People were already moshing by 3:30 p.m. to Panama Papers’ gang vocals. Cheeky YAM, in their Valentine’s Day colored jumpsuits, hit at exactly 4:20 p.m., asking the heavy questions like, “Have you ever met a dog?” and, “Oh yeah? What did it sound like?” to which the audience responded with a cacophony of barks while the band ribbed us back with, “Clearly no one here has ever actually met a dog.”

While three-piece band B.A.G. slammed and screeched, the members of Doctors and Panama Papers clustered in the backline. Then Joystick blasted in with the one horn of the day, bringing in some ska-tinged energy. The only technical hiccup of the nine-hour event was around 6 o’clock, when a generator blew at the beginning of Doctors’ set (pictured above). But it barely slowed the momentum because the crowd stepped up and jumped on a quick solution by switching it out with a mini generator made for welding.

TWEAKHONEY’s noise-doom electronic set was followed on the same stage by Dremm, who gave off such enormous raw power it was hard to believe they were just two people. GARGUTS, the organizers of the event, celebrated their EP release with a tight, melodic set and 610.split closed out the night around 11 o’clock.

Support was the theme of the day: bands wearing each other’s merch, guitarists sharing amps, drummers with engineering experience jumping up to cut off feedback, bakers donating cookies, people passing around the holiday’s motif, and bringing extra drinks for friends and strangers. There was affordable crawfish and quesadillas, donation-based snacks, ramps became seating near the stage, skaters put down their boards to mosh and then got back to it. The event was all ages, BYOB, and the music was so powerful, primal, and embracing that it squeezed the negativity out of anyone even thinking about bringing it in.

photos by Sabrina Stone

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