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Some Kinda Comfort
November 7, 2013 - Nicholas Terry
I've arrived back from The Fest in Gainesville, Florida. I'm a little worse for wear, but I had the time of my life that no sickness or exhaustion from travel could bring me down. I met some amazing people that made me feel completely at home in a place where I had no friends. From the first time we stepped into our first restaurant in Gainesville, everyone was super warm and comforting. It's odd how sometimes doing something different to realize how good things could be if they were different.
The whole experience made me think about my life and how I want to change for the better. Maybe it was all the empowering music, maybe it was the stress relief, maybe it was just enough to get me moving. Within the first ten minutes of seeing my first band of the day Red City Radio, my glasses were bent, I was covered in beer and other people's sweat , and I had lost most of my voice. In the midst of all the chaos to most people, there's a sense of community and belonging in that time. It's impossible to explain unless you've experienced it yourself.
Not only did I see many bands that I love. I saw some completely new to me that blew my mind. Restorations is one of those bands. How I never got around to listening to this band I'll never know. Their sound is so warm and inviting. It's technical, yet melodic. Everyone I talked to about them just talked my ear off about how great they were, but nobody could put their sound into words. I heard Gaslight Anthem meets Death Cab For Cutie to a more punk influenced Tool. I never would have checked them out without the incessant talk about them from my roommates. That's what Fest is about. Being open to meet new people and do things that you wouldn't normally do.
Fest is a place and time where people set aside life obligations, bias towards others, and be a part of something special. I left with friends from all over the world. I'm thankful that I finally went and got to experience everything. The best part? I'll probably go next year. If you like the types of bands I've written about it, it's totally worth going. Even if you talk to no one and just watch shows. The hundreds of bands that play every year are worth the ticket price alone (lower than almost every other festival I might add) . The atmosphere and the friends you'll make are priceless.
I'll do a more complete write up on Restorations and some other great bands I saw that I've yet to devote time to writing about. That is, once I recover from this cold that happens when the body encounters more germs than it can handle. Trust me, it was all worth it.
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