The second day of Today’s Mixtape Festival was easily the most anticipated. The first and only day to sell out, the Day 2 bill was a dream come true for any pop-punk fan. With one of the spring’s most talked about tours, The Suppy Nation Tour, making a stop to join the lineup, it’s no wonder fans packed 89 North as soon as its doors opened. Chances are a fest so perfectly tailored to pop-punk won’t happen again anytime soon.
The show kicked off at noon with the local opener Last Great Hero, who played to a larger crowd than most of the earlier acts of the first day did. As Last Call and Heart to Heart played their way through energetic sets, it became obvious that this would be another day to remember.
No Good News took the stage with the words, “All of our best friends, all of our favorite bands, everyone’s here,” just before fans stormed the stage for a dance party. Some fans stage-dived repeatedly, while most just enjoyed staying as close to the band as they could. At the end of their set, the band made fun of one straggling fan who crawled across the stage.
A last minute change in set order proved that Day 2 was as much about friendship as it was about music. Forever Came Calling took the stage when The American Scene was set to, to give their friends more time to get to the venue after their van broke down. At this point in the day, the venue was already packed, and Forever Came Calling definitely didn’t suffer from a lesser crowd reaction because of their earlier set time. Their guitar-heavy set kept the party going, breezing through songs off Contender before wrapping things up with “Front Porch Sunrise.”
Following Forever Came Calling was one of the most undeniably talented and anticipated bands of the day, Pentimento. A short break from pop-punk, the crowd remained slightly calmer but just as interested in the flawless set Pentimento delivered. Defined by raw emotion, their set hit many tracks off their self-titled release, but one of the highlights remained an older track: “Walking Calmly In Your Wake.”
Separated by The American Scene, who played a relaxed, melodic set to an intent crowd, were hometown heroes Giants At Large and Bellwether. Both brought an incomparable energy to the room, building up to killer finales. Giants At Large lowered a mic into the crowd and let fans carry the vocals of their final song, while Bellwether’s fans didn’t give them a choice in the matter — the band was lost in a sea of 30 people onstage singing along to every last word. Grateful for being able to play despite their van troubles, The American Scene played an incredible set that would have been worthy of any later set time.
Each day of Today’s Mixtape Festival showed off its own iconic vibe, its own genres, and its own important representation of the current state of the Long Island music scene. The lineup for each day easily could have been bands on the respective mixtapes of three different people who may not have exchanged music with each other otherwise, but managed to be friends for a cohesive and epic weekend.
Day One of the fest was easily its most dynamic. With genres ranging from grunge to post-rock, and everything in between, Friday was full of genuinely talented musicians. No gimmicks. Nothing generic. Just pure, unadulterated rock and roll and the perfect audience to appreciate it.
A theme strewn throughout the day was that of keeping the Long Island scene alive and keeping the legends who made it what it is today in the memory of the younger generations. So it was only appropriate to have the day kick off with two local bands, Darby Switch and Cryptodira.
Darby Switch captured the attention of their modestly sized audience as soon as they began playing. It was immediately obvious that anyone who was going to Mixtape Fest was going not only to see their current favorite band play, but to discover their next obsession. Even the first and second bands of the fourteen-act day were well worth the attention they received.
After Cryptodira gave the crowd the only dose of metal they’d get that day, Modern Baseball took the stage and immediately proved themselves worthy of the hype they’ve been receiving. It was clear they were the reason anyone showed up in the early afternoon, and the still-humble crowd sang along to the melodic and mature vocals delivered by Brendan Lukens. The talents of the entire band were impossible to ignore, and with closed eyes it would have been hard to believe that the music coming from the stage was coming from such fresh faces.
Next up was a band with a sound as full as the crowd was: Prawn. For being one of only two post-rock bands on the bill, the group broke up the sets of the other openers intensely. Their high-pitched, soaring guitar riffs and honest vocals translated perfectly to the stage.
The tight schedule moved along with State Lines, whose energy was a progressive buildup from the start of their set to their anthemic closer. A set defined by clean harmonies and amazing chemistry between the crowd and band both contrasted and built up perfectly to Dads.
Needless to say, hearing a tight drummer provide powerful vocals simultaneously is an unreal experience. The talented two-piece proved that any pop would be saved for Day Two and their blend of indie and punk warranted the first stage divers of the weekend.
Today’s Mixtape Festival will be taking place this weekend on Long Island, and PropertyOfZack is gearing up for a weekend of fun, and we hope many of you are too. Just in case you’re not too in tune to the festival already and can make it out, we thought it’d be a great idea to put together a list of POZ’s Must See Bands And Acts that will be gracing the stage this weekend at Mixtape. Reblog and let us know who we need to see while we’re on Long Island this weekend as well!
Defeater, by Alyssa McKinley
On a steady rise since 2008, the Massachusetts natives of Defeater have achieved the level of recognition that they deserved after their 2011 release Empty Days and Sleepless Nights. Their intense blend of punk and hardcore is not only musically genius, but also stands for more than what much of the music of their contemporaries does. Driven by a remarkable amount of passion and complemented by equal amounts of talent, Defeater is even more impressive live than recorded. Their headlining performance during the first day is set to stun fans Friday night.
Modern Baseball, by Zack Zarrillo
Though I was not in attendance for The Front Bottoms’ set at Mixtape Fest in 2012, I’ve heard the stories. A band not too familiar with Long Island and a crowd with high hopes met towards the end of the night and sparks resulted that summed up a continuously growing band’s year. Modern Baseball seem to be in the same place this year, and Friday’s lineup at Mixtape is all but waiting for them to clean up. We expect big things.
Vinnie Caruana, by Alyssa McKinley
Returning to 89 North solo, Vinnie Caruana is sure to fill the venue with as much energy as he did with I Am The Avalanche a few months ago. This Long Island native never fails to deliver an unforgettable performance, but those shows that take place in his own home are always more incredible. With a new EP adding only more brilliance to his extensive and diverse catalogue, Caruana is one of the most authentically talented veterans of the Long Island scene. His acoustic set will be just as attention demanding as the full bands on the hardcore-heavy bill that Friday promises.
Citizen, by Zack Zarrillo
This is the last season Citizen is going to fly under anyone’s radar. We’ve been promoting the band on the site since 2010, when members of the band were just halfway through high school, but things are finally in full gear for the five-piece from Michigan. They’ve been taking everyone by surprise on the Suppy Nation Tour, and Long Island won’t be any different. Coming soon will be a full-length that should be nothing short of incredible and a run on the Vans Warped Tour, so get into this band now if you’ve yet to.
Hostage Calm, by Alyssa McKinley
After the October release of Please Remain Calm, it has been hard to ignore the well-deserved acclaim of Hostage Calm. The politically charged lyrics and raw musicality of this band are a refreshing reminder that punk is nowhere close to dead. With a live performance that is as true to their recorded sound as it gets, Hostage Calm’s Saturday performance is sure to garner the respect of anyone who hasn’t already fallen in love with them.
Today’s Mixtape Festival and The Fresh Clothing have teamed up for a compilation and a limited to 31 edition t-shirt. Check out the t-shirt here and stream the comp below by clicking “Read More.”
Today’s Mixtape Festival Adds Slew Of Bands To Lineup
A pre-Mixtape Festival show will be happening in Bethlehem, PA on April 5th. Check out details below by clicking “Read More.”
Today’s Mixtape Festival Adds Slew Of Bands To Lineup
Today’s Mixtape Festival has added Defeater, Vinnie Caruana, Modern Baseball, and many others to their lineup. Check out all the bands below by clicking “Read More.”