The official lineup for this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest, set for November 5-7 at Waterloo Park in the heart of downtown Austin, was released moments ago. In terms of firepower, this year's Fun Fun Fun roster arguably brings the festival within striking distance of the Austin City Limits Music Festival in terms of firepower with Devo, Mastodon, Os Mutantes and MGMT.
Honestly, Rocks Off doesn't see how this lineup - expanded to three days for the first time in Fun Fun Fun's history, with "Weird Al" Yankovic headlining Friday night - can be held in that park, unless they make more park than there is now. It would have been hard for FFFF to top last year's headers Danzig, The Jesus Lizard, Crystal Castles and Death, but somehow they did.
On top of that, Houston will more than likely be getting a taste of some of the acts. In fact, Bad Religion, Best Coast, The Hold Steady and Valient Thorr all hit us around the same time as FFFF.
Another cool thing is that of Houston's Black Congress, Devin the Dude and Indian Jewelry are all on the list. Rocks Off got word of Black Congress' inclusion on Saturday, but it was in passing at a bar so we didn't click to it until yesterday afternoon.
The complete Fun Fun Fun lineup is after the jump. You'll like it.
"Weird" Al Yankovic A-Trak Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti Bad Religion Best Coast Big Freedia Black Congress Black Nasty Butcher Bear and Charlie Cap'n Jazz Crocodiles DâM-FunK Deakin Deerhunter Delorean Designer Drugs Devin The Dude Devo Dirty Projectors DJ Bird Peterson DJ Nick Nack Dominique Young Unique Dum Dum Girls Eagle Claw Floor Gwar Hatred Surge High On Fire Indian Jewelry Invincible Jean Grae Jeff The Brotherhood Junius Kaki King Kylesa Magic Kids Man Man Margot And The Nuclear So And So's Mariachi El Bronx
Mastodon MGMT Mother Falcon Municipal Waste OFF! Os Mutantes P.O.S. Peelander Z Pharoahe Monch Polvo Power Trip Ringworm RJD2 Royal Forest Slick Rick Snapcase Strike Anywhere Suicidal Tendencies The Appleseed Cast The Briggs The Bronx The Casualties The Dwarves The Gories The Hold Steady The League Of Extraordinary Gz The Vandals Toro Y Moi Valient Thorr Wavves Woven Bones Yelle
Rocks Off talked with BC drummer Chris Ryan about how the band got on the bill and what they have planned for the rest of the year. They have quite a gig schedule coming up. Having the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne get hip to them at Summer Fest probably won't hurt them in the future either.
Rocks Off: How did this come about? You guys, Devin and Indian Jewelry are the only ones repping Houston this time around.
Chris Ryan: Graham, one of the dudes from Transmission Entertainment, who book the fest, emailed us and asked us if we'd like to play, and obviously we said yes. We are also stoked that Indian Jewelry will be there as well.
RO: You guys played on a pretty big bill already this year at Summer Fest, but this seems altogether larger. There has to be some nervousness. Maybe not yet, but the closer we get to November.
CR: We're definitely excited to be part of it. Hopefully we've played enough shows together, and in other bands at this point to not totally blow it in front of a bunch of people, but I wouldn't rule out the possibility.
At Summer Fest we played the first three songs severely out of tune, so we do know it's possible to fuck things up on a scale larger than our normal audience of 7. I'm sure we'll just have a good time, and make fun of each other for our mistakes later, as usual.
RO: What's the status on more seven-inch releases? Wasn't there also a full-length in the works?
CR: Oh, there's always something in the works. There is a new 7" that should be shipping from the plant as we speak. It's for "Defeated" and "Slums of Heaven," which are on our Bandcamp page right now.
We have a handful of new songs that we've been playing around with that will probably get recorded as soon as we can all get in the same room together. We're not exactly sure if we're gonna do another 7" or a 12" E.P.
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I think we've all agreed that nobody should have to listen to our band for more than 20 minutes at a time, so a standard "full-length" record probably won't happen any time soon. If there is one thing I've learned from being a level 47 Elven Ranger, it's that short bursts of damage are way more effective at taking down your enemies.
RO: Does the band have anything else coming up in the next few months?
CR: As a band that doesn't really play a whole lot of shows, we have a bunch of them coming up. In September we are doing a few dates around Texas with Balaclavas. We're also playing a couple local-ish shows that month too.
In October we're playing with Eyehategod and Venomous Maximus at Walter's. Also, we're playing Ghoulsfest with Bad Brains, Trail of Dead, Daniel Johnston and a couple other bands, which should be interesting. Our goal is to make a career of being the small-font band on festivals everywhere, apparently.