Sue P. -hostess of Solid Gold Hell and I had a certain kinship, being on back to back late at night on WFMU and enthusiastic about similar genres of music. We quite often talked about how our shows ruled as a package- a long amazing time slot, and decided to create an event that spilled over between the barriers of the WFMU schedule. That event was the Bleeding Ears Fest. It was held the Thursday before Memorial Day; May 27th, and featured five bands. The evening started with Mortals, a female trio (pictured right)- a collision of doom, metal and some mean feminine mojo. Gorod was next (photo below), causing more liver damage to the listeners than all the wine from their hometown of Bordeaux, France. On their way to the weekend's Maryland Death Fest, their septuplet-driven tech death metal was played as if each was wielding a scalpel. Band #3 on the bill was Wizardry - from Brooklyn, by way of a fire pit in the cosmos, Wizardry concocted monstrous riffs, hard jams, and flashed us back to the 80s with their sound bringing back some great NWOBHM memories. Hoboken's mysterious Napkin, combined what could be described as militaristic beats with a snarling cat playing theremin at a circus (in a good way)! The Bloody Muffs took the live room with their ballsy rocked out punk, still unbelievably revved up at 4am...
I have no "my name is Joe Friday, and here is my story"- story about this fest. Sue and I thought of what we might need to be prepared for to have 20+ people in the WFMU studios at once. It went eerily
smoothly, and for that we need to thank each and every person that was a part of this event for their patience, cooperation, and dedication to pulling this off! Bloody Muffs pictured at right. Every band produced 110% and pitched in for
their fellow fest-ers (not to be confused with him ), which, after several hours, can be a chore for sure! We all, side by side, turned the live room into the stage centralle for 5 hours. There was an atmosphere of fun, camaraderie, and achievement; bands were swapping gear, phone #s and war stories, and I found everyone focused on the task at hand. Hosting 5 bands in 5 hours was happening! Sue P was the computer genius, keeping up with the playlist, the uploads, the links, the paperwork and the DJing, and Kamikaze was making the live room electric and grabbing photos here and there! So please check out the FMA tracks, the bands
listed upcoming shows (Wizardry photo at right), and support each of these groups amazingly devoted to having the show go on! One mp3 of each of the bands performances is listed below; here is a link to the entire fest on the Free Music Archive.
Some upcoming shows: MORTALS @ The Charleston July 24th, GOROD @ "Move Your Fuckin' Brain Fest" in Barcelona July 3, BLOODY MUFFS @ Parkside Lounge July 3 and Clash Bar (Clifton NJ) August 21st. Napkin at WFMU pic at right.