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Sweater Fest : 10 Years of Cheer *ticket giveaway*

Lemme tell you a story about Dave Hanson — the brains behind Sweater Fest and Event Coordinator at Spacebar. The man approached The Vinyl Warhol about giving out some tickets (enter below) and releasing interviews with a few of the bands playing the holiday festival’s tenth year (one with sexy space elves PLEASURES is up rn). He ended up going in and getting six full interviews. Since Sweater Fest is this Saturday, and releasing six full interviews seems like overkill, I’ve taken the best bits from everyone and compiled them into a big Sweater Fest sweat fest. Enjoy.

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What are some of your favorite Florida/local/bigger bands and why?

DONKNG: “We always love playing with our friends in RV and Slumberjack. Not only because they make amazing music but because it means we get to hang out with them and talk shit at breakfast the next day.”

FayRoy: “After coming back from San Francisco, we were totally seduced with the St. Pete music scene. Sonic Graffiti, Veiny Hands, Johnny Mile and the Kilometers, all the roser house bands, etc. are such crazy good musicians and performers and just genuine awesome people. Orlando mirrors that with Someday River, Day Joy, Thrift House, and Saskatchewan just to name a few. There’s also this Long Island band called Lemon Twigs that we’ve been on a kick with. They’re so good, and so young. Came out of nowhere like a slap in the face.”

Jollan (Luckily I’m The Hunter): “Antarctic is my favorite band from Florida and one of my favorites of all time. They have only released one album, but it’s this amazing instrumental album that moves seamlessly to each track and they have definitely influenced me as a musician, especially with the way they play and write.”

What do you hope people get out of a [insert band name] show?

Will (Luckily I’m The Hunter): “We love for people to let the music consume them as it does us. We hope the listeners are delighted by unexpected sounds and song structuring and hope it gives them a new perspective of what music can be from just a guitarist and drummer.”

Cosmic Roots Collective: “A nagging sense of unease and disorientation, with sporadic bursts of ecstasy and an occasional glimpse into the void.”

DONKNG: “Their kicks.”

FayRoy: “Positivity is probably the ultimate goal. Our music may have dark elements but the subject matter usually results in some sort of triumph or realization.”

What advice do you have for people that want to start a band up?

Cosmic Roots Collective: “Go for it! But remember, a career in air conditioning and refrigeration will most likely provide a steadier income.”

DONKNG: “It’s hard work. Being in a band isn’t that different from being on a road trip with three people who usually disagree, to a certain extent, on the destination. It’s about compromise. The results, if they’re from honest intent, are always worth it. But to quote Maroon 5’s hit song ‘Sunday Morning,’ ‘ITS NOT ALWAYS RAINBOWS AND BUTTERFLIES.'”

Jollan (Luckily I’m The Hunter): “It will never be easy if you want to play something original, but don’t let anyone stop you. Sometimes the time has to be right, but as long as you are willing to sacrifice the time and effort, you can do it. Don’t let anyone stop you, even if you have to be a two-piece band. As Shia Lebeouf says, ‘Just do it!'”

Any strange holiday traditions?

PLEASURES: “It’s the only time of year Roger eats cheese.”

FayRoy: “Every year about this time we buy every tickle me Elmo we can get our hands on and hope it becomes a hot commodity for Christmas again. One of these years were going to make a fortune.”

DONKNG: “Matt keeps bringing Mistletoe to all our practices.”

Cosmic Roots Collective: “We wear animal masks … It’s a pagan thing and entails worshiping megaliths, dressing in Druid robes, and ingesting candle wax.”

IRONING: “I don’t think so.”

What are you looking forward to most about Sweater Fest?

IRONING: “I haven’t seen Blair Sound Design in two and a half years, so that’s exciting. Also stoked to experience sets from people I haven’t heard or seen yet before! “

DONKNG: “We’re excited to be sharing a stage with some really cool acts. We actually keep up with a lot of the artists on the bill (FayRoy, Tiger Fawn, Evil Virgins, Cosmic Roots Collective) on social media so we’re excited to finally experience their music in a live setting… Also, we heard that we get free entry. That’s nice.”

FayRoy:  “… hopefully seeing Joey Davoli’s hairy chest. It’s obligatory.”

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DONKNG Release ‘Daydreams’ EP (name your price)

DONKNG hasn’t been around long, but they’ve kicked Florida’s ass so hard in 2016. The slacker garage three-piece all grew up South Florida but have all since relocated to Gainesville. Orlando has been lucky enough to pull the boys over a lot this year. They’ve played Spacebar, Uncle Lou’s, and house parties with the likes of Slumberjack, RV, and Maximino. To end a hot year, DONKNG released their first ever recordings, a five-song EP titled Daydreams. 

The first comment on the EP’s  “name your price” Bandcamp page is from “axelito”; it reads, “wow bros, The Strokes cover band? My love for you guys can’t be expressed with five bucks but you know, go hit up that dollar menu or something.” First off, DONKNG is too good for the dollar menu — they deserve steak. But that first bit kinda makes sense. It wasn’t as obvious in a live setting, but Camilo Isaza’s voice has that low, moan that Julian Casablancas’s uses. But, “The Strokes Cover band?” The Strokes suck now, right?

DONKNG feel fresher. Camilo’s vocals are carried by a jangly, midtempo wave. The band’s South Florida shows in their surf rock temperament. Examples of this laidback, innocent nature are the “doo, doo, doos” in “Jesus Christ,” talk of the high school dance in “I Remember,” and the line “You had me on my ass” in “Title Fight.” There are tents of uncertainty and darkness under the cool paint, though. The title track attacks the dated establishment and warns us not to fall in line. “Daydreaming about all the things you could have been.” The young dads have collected a handful of solid pop tunes; it’s easy to hum along, but there’s more to it than just vibes.

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The House That Waffles Built: An After-Show Interview With DONKNG (w/photos)

DONKNG’s influences stretch from The Velvet Underground’s inspired art rock to irresistible pop, filched from The Stroke’s Is This It?. They are original, vigorous, and impaling. Hang with them; they have a vibe. If you don’t know what it’s all about, put on your red pajamas and go find out.

DONKNG : Camilo Isaza & Juan Salguero

Interviewer : Andy Andrade

[EDITORS NOTE: These photos are not from the Uncle Lou’s show. The were taken a few weeks later when DONKNG played a house show put on by Ugly Orange & Always Nothing.]

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A: Alright, so let’s start with names…

J: Juan Salguero, drums.

C: Camilo Isaza, uh, guitar.

*Someone approaches us from Lou’s*

“Hey, thanks for the show guys. Are you going to cover the Eagles anytime soon?”

C: Too many guitars, I need the triple neck.

A: *laughs* So you told me there’s an EP coming out?

A: Where are you recording it? Is it going to be digital or analog?

C: It’s  a recording set up by our friend’s from Endless Pool, a band up in Gainesville. They have a huge practice space.

J: Yeah they made it into a studio and we have the option to record it on tape.

C: I think we’ll end up doing that. Maybe for the EP, we’ll just do a Bandcamp release.

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A: How many tracks? Four? Five?

C: We have a set list of twelve.  But we might narrow it down to seven.

J: Just to give people a taste of what we’ve got. We don’t want to put out our tracks all out at once…

C: Without a base.

J: Exactly.

A: Where are you planning on playing before going back to Gainesville?

J: We’re currently in South Florida for the summer so we’re trying to get some shows in Miami, like at The Granary or The Church.

C: Hopefully, if we’re not losing too much money on gas, we’ll play Orlando more often.

A: Are you guys thinking of keeping it a two piece?

C: I think we’re open to getting a bassist. Juan and I have been friends since 4th grade and we’ve been playing music since like 10th grade.

J: One of us picked up music and the other followed. We were maybe 15 years old. Our chemistry is tight.

C: And our friendship too.

A: You can notice it on stage; it’s fluid and energetic.

C: We used to be a three piece before, called The Cornerstones. Just some instrumental stuff. We’re definitely interested, just not pursing it.

J: It’s just got to be the right feel.

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A: Current influences? Anything influencing your live performance?

C: With live performance, Slumberjack.

J: Yeah we love them. Velvet Underground too, for our sound.

C: Current Joy’s, Titus Andronicus, The Strokes.

A: How do you write your lyrics?

C: Juan’s an English major, so we’ll start coordinating lyrics and co-writing more songs together since we’ll be living together. What I do is recycle my lyrics and then cut and paste them were Juan think they should go to make them  more interesting. I’m just trying to catch up, because we have all these instrumentals when we used to be The Cornerstones.

A: So this chemistry is constant, throughout the writing process.

J & C: Yeah.

A: You guys played a killer set tonight. What’s your favorite place to go hangout or eat afterwards?

J: We love Waffle House.

C: The first show we played was this all-age venue in South Florida called Tom’s Farm.  We’re loading up our gear and someone put the bass on top of the car.

J: It was like a 12-minute drive and we completely forgot it was there. So I’m saying, “Where’s the bass??? Where’s the bass Camilo?” And there it was, still sitting on top of the car.

C: [That’s why] Waffle House is definitely our after-show spot.

Photos by matthew warhol. 

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TVW Presents: Friday the 13th 2016 (photos)

Maybe you knew we do shows. Maybe you went to this one. We had a ball at Spacebar on The Lord’s favorite day. The bands (in order) that played were: The Death Tremors, The Welzeins, Donkng, Harsh Radish, and Slumberjack. Enjoy.

Our next event is at Orlando Fringe Fest and is completely free.

Photography by Sierra Reese.

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The Death Tremors (7 of 7)

The Welzeins (4 of 4)

The Welzeins (2 of 4)

Donkng (1 of 5)

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Slumberjack (4 of 10)

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