by Robert Bell
Get ready for a late September road trip down I-40 East, because Goner Fest is returning to Memphis. With 30 some-odd bands and hundreds of rowdy scalawags and ne’er-do-wells expected to attend, it looks as if the Bluff City will once more be reduced to a smoldering pile of puked-up cigarette butts, fishnets and condom wrappers.
The four-day festival is the work of Goner Records, which is both a label (Ty Segall, Jay Reatard, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Harlan T. Bobo, Reigning Sound) and an excellent record store. The shindig kicks off Sept. 22 at the store, located in the Cooper-Young neighborhood, continues through the weekend with evening and afternoon performances at The Hi-Tone and wraps up Sunday night back at the record store. Get your golden ticket here.
Expect lots of rock 'n' roll that doesn't give a bachelor-party beer shit about trivial concerns such as politeness or being nice or sobriety or chords or tuning or wearing deodorant or not bleeding all over a bunch of expensive furniture or remembering to flush or turning it down.
Or something. I don't know. I've never been to Goner Fest, but I've been told by relatively reliable sources that it's like SXSW minus all the industry douches and bronzed frat-dude looky-loos and trust-fund babies and shitty bands playing in tents and corporate sponsored everything.
But I might have to go this year, the lineup looks killer:
A reunited Gories - the R&B/garage trio led by Mick Collins, of Dirtbombs renown;
Rev. John Wilkins, hill-country bluesman and son of the legendary Robert Wilkins;
Ty Segall, who blew the doors off White Water Tavern last September;
'60s garage brutes The Alarm Clocks;
Plus a bunch more bands, and not a single one of them playing chillwave, glo-fi, witch-house, minimal-cold-dark-synth-wave, click-fart, stumble-core or whatever.
Press release and lineup after the jump.
THE GORIES TO HEADLINE GONER FEST 8
Lineup also includes Ty Segall, Alarm Clocks, Shannon & The Clams, Icky Boyfriends and Rev. John Wilkins
Tickets are now on sale for Goner Records’ eighth annual international music festival, which will take place September 22-25, 2011, in Memphis, TN. Goner Fest 8 will include three evening showcases at the Hi-Tone, a Saturday afternoon ten band blowout at Murphy’s, opening and closing shows at the Goner Record Shop, and various daytime shows throughout the weekend.
In its short life span, Goner Fest has quickly increased the size of its blip on the radar of mainstream independent music. Paste said it “tends to fill three days with so much overdriven, yelp-tastic rock 'n' roll that, for the slightest moment, the city of Memphis becomes one big parents' garage.” Blurt called Goner Fest “a rock n roll mainline that is the perfect antidote for all those other festivals.”
This year we are excited to welcome The Gories to Goner Fest. The legendary early 90s garage/early R&B trio has played a handful of dates (mainly in Europe) over the past two years — they’ve always been a Goner favorite and we couldn’t be happier to have them here in Memphis for the Fest.
Also on the list for Goner Fest 8 is the great Rev. John Wilkins, whose hill country blues style is reminiscent of Junior Kimbrough, RL Burnside and Mississippi Fred McDowell.
We will also continue our unhealthy relationship with Australia, this year with Melbourne's Deaf Wish, Sydney’s Royal Headache and Straight Arrows, and Brisbane's Kitchen's Floor. We're bringing in moonshine just for these guys...
The festival will bring together 35 bands from all over the world for three days and nights of rock and roll mayhem. Attendance for Goner Fest 8 is anticipated to top 2500 people for the weekend; as many as half of whom will be coming from outside of Memphis. Previous festivals have attracted rock and roll fans from Austria, Japan, Germany, Italy, Spain, Wales, Holland, France, England, Australia, Croatia, Tasmania, and Canada. And Vermont!
* Gories (Detroit, MI)
* Reverend John Wilkins (Memphis, TN)
* Ty Segall (SF, CA)
* OBN IIIs (Austin, TX)
* Alarm Clocks (Cleveland, OH)
* Royal Headache (Australia)
* Hans Condor (Nashville, TN)
* Shannon & The Clams (Oakland, CA)
* Sex Cult (Memphis, TN)
* Straight Arrows (Australia)
* Ryan Rousseau (Desert, Arizona)
* Coasting (Brooklyn, NY)
* Sharp Balloons (Memphis, TN)
* Icky Boyfriends (SF, CA)
* Mean Jeans (Portland, OR)
* James Arthur's Manhunt (Desert, Texas)
* Midnight Snaxxx (Oakland, CA)
* Harlan T Bobo's Fuzz (Memphis, TN)
* Real Numbers (Minneapolis, MN)
* True Sons Of Thunder (Memphis,TN)
* Missing Monuments (New Orleans, LA)
* Outdoorsmen (SF, CA)
* Kitchen's Floor (Australia)
* Pity Fucks (Portland, OR)
* Football (Chicago, IL)
* Cyclops (???)
* Shirks (Washington DC)
* Human Eye (Detroit, MI)
* Deaf Wish (Australia)
* Brides (Chicago, IL)
* Black Sunday (Memphis, TN)
* Jam Messengers (Hawaii / Brazil)