THE FIRST EVER FRICK IT FEST

Article co-written by Kyla Wyllie and Autumn McDonald 

Photography by Annika Cimas

Have you ever wondered what goes into planning a music festival? They don’t just happen like that, it takes months of planning and dedication. We were fortunate enough to be invited to cover the first ever Frick It Fest, put on by concert enthusiast Emily LaBlond and local music producer and musician, Ross Martin (guitarist for the band Essex Class). Recreational concert venue through the week, and modern church on Sundays, The Irenic serves as common stomping ground for a surplus of contrasting personalities. In relation, the lineup for this show consisted of several different genres of music, such as indie, rock, and pop punk.

 

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About thirty minutes before doors were set to open, we learned that there were some complications with the show’s headliner, Bad Kids. We were unable to conduct our previously scheduled interview with the members, but we’re hoping to work something out for the future. Local indie band, Lobster Party, took over the role as headliner, and we were able to have a little chat with them, so make sure to keep an eye out for their article.

With that technical difficulty aside, the show carried on smoothly, opened by the indie rock personalities of Sad Muffin (check out our previous article, an interview, to learn more about the band). The lively sound that Sad Muffin never ceases to bring to the stage got people moving and rustled up a cloud of good vibes.


Next to take the stage, the vibrant and charismatic personalities that make up The Casualists really got the crowd going, adding their own individual flares to the show. Since we last spoke with them, the band has undergone some drastic changes, replacing lead singer Elisia Savoca with Charlotte Bernal, and bassist Anthony Minsky with Ashton Kaul. This change brought a whole new energy to the band, something fresh and laid back. 

This was the first time we had seen The Savage Young live, and it will definitely not be the last. We were able to talk with them backstage before the show, so keep an eye out for that article in the near future! I digress, the members of The Savage Young have unreplicable chemistry that is hard to miss, and shines through in their stage presence. At this point in the show, even the stubborn faces in the crowd were beginning to let loose.

Sometime during their set, the giant bear brought by The Casualists had found it’s way into the crowd, thanks to Ryan Barnes and Shin Chung of Opt Out, which leads us into the next band to perform.

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The group we know and love here at Pure Nowhere, Opt Out, erupted onto the stage with incredible energy. Lead vocalist Ryan Barnes exclaimed that he wanted to see some “naked dudes,” at which point the front row of sweaty men took their shirts off and got right back to moshing. The crowd was thrown into a frenzy when the band covered Miley, by the much loved Oakland natives of SWMRS. Everyone was dancing and moshing to the upbeat vibes that come from Opt Out and their ever present enthusiasm. During the middle of their set I (Autumn) got a gnarly elbow to the face, but even that couldn’t stop me from dancing.

Last, but certainly not least, Lobster Party took over the show, energizing the crowd in a way that none of the bands before them had. These insanely funny dudes will also have their own article, so stay tuned for talk of kissing on stage and the argument of fries VS. tots. However, they aren’t all fun and games, when it’s time to perform, these boys get serious (but not too serious) and hold the crowd in the palm of their hand. There was not a single person who wasn’t dancing during their set, it seemed as if this was what they had all been waiting for. All of the stubborn faces that stuck to the walls came out of hiding for the last leg of the show. Not only that, this was the last show that Lobster Party will be playing for quite a while, being that two of the members are moving to Seattle and pursuing separate solo projects (you’ll hear all about that in their interview). Though everyone was chanting for them to play Party Vowels, they closed the show with a cover of “I Found A Way,” by Drake Bell (aka the Drake and Josh theme song).


Even though there were some bumps in the road, Frick It Fest turned out amazing. We left tired and sore, but what’s a concert if you don’t? We wanna give a huge thank you to Emily and Ross for throwing this fest, and inviting us to cover it. We’re looking forward to the rumored second annual Frick it Fest next year!

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