Some New Noise / FYF Fest

posted by Punk Porn Princess on September 5, 2012


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FYF Fest!

This past Saturday I FINALLY got to see Refused play. Refused are one of my all time favorite bands and I missed their reunion shows as of late. It was like someone was trying to fuck with me;  I would be in New York and the day I had to leave Refused would play New York, or the few times they played LA I happened to be out of town. It was as if Refused’s booking agent looked at my appearance schedule and made sure to book all their reunion dates in cities I was nowhere near!

So, Refused were headlining a festival in Los Angeles called FYF Fest. A whole bunch of bands I liked played the festival which is rad, but, I am old and don’t  have the patience to watch that many bands in one day, so, I saved most of my band watching energy for Refused. I did see some of Hot Snakes set, they were pretty good. I love Hot Snakes and they played well, they just didn’t have much energy on stage. Then, I watched Sleigh Bells who were pretty good. I think the singer wants to be the next Karen O, or maybe she alreadyis the next Karen O. Karen O is not nearly as reckless as she used to be and she needs a hot chick who yells a lot to take her place. Next, I watched M83, who were pretty good. I get kinda bored watching electronic bands play. I don’t know what it is. I dig watching full bands play, I guess I’m just punk! I do enjoy listening to M83, but I think you need to be on some kind of hallucinogenic drug to truly be blown away by their performance.

So, Refused were fucking perfect! It was literally the best live performance I have ever seen in my life. I am not kidding! I have seen most of the famous front-men (and women) perform,  like Morrissey, and The Cure, Madonna, even Lady Gaga and Marilyn Manson… and I swear, no one comes close to Dennis Lyxzen. He gives 100% energy the entire time and the rest of the band played flawlessly.

I am so glad I was able to experience all this with some of my favorite people! Dana Dearmond, Jessie Lee, Josie Jacobs and Phoenix Askani came along with me. We all watched the show on the stage!

(Josie is not in the photo because she was taking the photo)

I met Dennis several years ago when I interviewed the International Noise Conspiracy for Burning Angel and we stayed in touch since!  He’s a sweetheart and is probably the sexiest man in Sweden and the best microphone thrower/ twirler on the planet.

Jessie Lee and I made a Dennis sandwich before he went on stage.

And then backstage when I was lurking around I spotted a legend, J Mascis! I didn’t watch Dinosaur Jr play FYF fest but I have seen them when I was younger,  they’re basically the soundtrack to my life sophomore year of college.

After the show I ate a whole bunch of greasy diner food with Dennis and another member of Refused whose name I can’t remember for the life of me and I feel like a total asshole because of it. I’m sorry dude!

Handsome and talented Swedish people + Porn Stars = a very good late night meal.


Joanna Angel

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