FYF Fest is an annual two-day music festival held in Los Angeles, started in 2004. FYF Fest, short for the eloquent “Fuck Yeah Fest Fest”, showcases a multitude of music including rock, electronic, and hip-hop mashing them all together at the Los Angeles Sports Arena & Exposition Park. The festival has brought out some heavies for the 2016 lineup this year including Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, The Strokes, and Air, but it’s always the lesser known bands on the bill that we like to give exposure to. Below are 10 acts to look for as you wind your way to FYF Fest.
Red Axes are a Production duo from Tel Aviv, Israel that bring skittish, pieced together beats forming an airy aura around their music. The duo first performed in the punk / new wave band Red Cotton and has been together as Red Axes since 2009.
Chicago icons, Shellac, bring a scraping, noise-related boogie to the FYF Fest. Forming in 1992, Steve Albini has trekked his minimalist trio out to poke and prod at the audience’s psyche.
Head Wound City:
Head Wound City is a supergroup of sorts consisting of members of The Blood Brothers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Locust, and Holy Molar. Their latest release, A New Wave of Violence, brings their special brand of noise grind straight to the festival.
Wild Nothing are an atmospheric rock band hailing from the college town of Blacksburg, Virginia. Forming in 2009, the band has released 3 studio albums to date with their last record Life of Pause released in early 2016.
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats:
Uncle Acid is a metal band hailing from Cambridge, England and bring with them an undeniable British metal sound reminiscent of Black Sabbath but with more menace. Their last record The Night Creeper was released in 2015.
The Philadelphia product bring with them a pleasant mix of punk attitude, pop brilliance, and 70’s guitar to form the basis of their sound. The group has released a number of 7” EP’s with the latest entitled III released in March of 2016.
Formerly known as Viet Cong, the Canadians have recently changed their name but kept their core sound. With music described as “labyrinth post-punk”, the band has succeeded its name hiccup and released a self-titled record on Jagjaguwar records in 2016.
The Georgia band Black Lips have been around since 1999 with a punk rock doo-wop and garage band ethos. The group has 7 studio records under their belts with their last one released in 2014.
Museum of Love:
Former LCD Soundsystem drummer Patrick Murphy needed something to do. Museum of Love filled that void with deep electronic roots and crooning vocals showing that Museum of Love is an original one of a kind. The band’s debut album appeared in 2014.
Explosions in the Sky:
This Texas band has been around since 1999 and paint new worlds with instrumental landscapes. Their live performances are pretty epic and should not be missed. The have seven studio albums under their name with their last The Wilderness out in 2016.