BYAF VII; Three Weeks To Go!
Once again Book Yer Ane Fest has crept up on us. It’s one of those strange paradoxes; it seems like an age ago the last year’s happened and that we’ve been planning this one forever, but at the same time it seems like no time at all since we were cleaning up Kage last time and we’ve been so busy that times seems to fly in. Regardless of any philo-physical ramblings, Book Yer Ane Fest VII is now a mere three weeks away.
We shall be hosting an “acoustic cafe” pre-BYAF show at Henry’s Coffee Shop on Seagate, Dundee that will be running from 5pm until doors at Kage at 7pm on the Friday night. As enthusiastic coffee drinkers and regular customers, we thought it prudent to try and involve our local caffeine-fuelled community and, thankfully, Henry’s were happy to indulge us. This is the first time that we’ve tried something like this but we’re hoping things will run smoothly, as I’m sure they will in Jonny Domino’s capable hands. It’ll be a pretty informal affair but please come down and join us for the calm before the storm.
Mark McCabe shall be “headlining” this part of events and comes to us straight from a successful performance at the CMC in Gainesville, Florida at Fest 12. Who knows where else he’ll pop up over the weekend? As a heads up of sorts, the best place to keep up to date with any “last minute” or “secret” developments across the BYAF weekend is the MTAT Twitter page. Mark will be joined at Henry’s by the wonderful Gone Wishing, Turtle Lamone and Dundee firebrand David Hennessey. Things will be wrapped up by 7pm, giving ample time to walk the two minutes down the road to Kage to catch first bands.
One of the most exciting things about BYAF is the sheer number of travelling bands and convergent tours that cross over during the course of the weekend. We’re very excited for the Broadcaster (USA) and Muncie Girls (ENG) tour to roll into town. Their European adventures start today and will continue for the next three weeks as they wind their way around the mainland. The Friday night of BYAF will be the only Scottish show of the tour and we’re very excited to welcome both bands to Scotland for the very first time. Broadcaster just released the new “A Million Hours” LP on Jump Start Records and it’s a mighty fine slice of pop/punk rock goodness. If you’re into the likes of Weezer, The Weakerthans and Superchunk, then you’re absolutely going to fall in love with these guys. Muncie Girls released the “Sleepless” EP on the wonderful Specialist Subject Records earlier this year and have spent 2013 working their way around the UK and leaving an impression everywhere they’ve been. The tour with Broadcaster is their first adventure to Europe and I’d expect that they’ll smash it everywhere they go. This is one of the most exciting tours of the year and I’m very happy that we’ve managed to bring them up for BYAF.
Both us roasters in UNIFORMS and Sink Alaska shall also be playing the Friday night and I am delighted to report that we will have the physical copies of the “ROASTER” 4-way split 10″ featuring both bands and our brethren in Question The Mark and The Walking Targets. This will be the official release weekend for the record and will be your first chance to get your hands on one of the REIGN IN BLOOD coloured vinyl. We’ll be selling them cheap as well as in a number of different bundles, so make sure and come across to the merch table negotiate with Abbie for some bargains. We’ll be putting up the stream of the record and a pre-order over the next week or so. It’s safe to say that I’m pretty excited about this whole thing. Also, we put up a new song that won’t be on the record but is available for free download.
We are also very pleased to welcome Andy Thomas’ Dust Heart. The solo project of Denver, Colorado based punk rock journeyman Andy Thomas (former front man of Tin Horn Prayer and a million other bands), this will be his first ever show outside of North America and the only show that he’ll be playing on a fleeting visit to the UK. Taking Tom Waits-esque baroque and mixing it with some calculated punk rock murder balladry, Andy is a unique talent with a knack for twisting a dark tale around a haunting melody. We may also introduce him to Buckfast. Cheers to Josh from Loaded 45 for hooking this all up.
Those cheeky east coast ska-punk roasters Maxwell’s Dead shall be opening the evening’s proceedings at Kage. These dudes launched their first album “On The Floor” with a riotous show in Dundee last weekend and they are pumped to be playing BYAF again. These dudes work as hard as any band I’ve met and their dedication and commitment to their band is unquestionable. With new guitarist Bobby now firmly entrenched in the squad, there’s an extra layer of crust atop the sweet pop-punk melodies and sick as fuck basslines. These dudes love to party and are probably the most fitting band to kick off a weekend of madness.