Monday, October 26, 2015
Foreign Dissent showcase brings a slate of European punk to Will's Pub
By Bao Le-Huu
on Mon, Oct 26, 2015 at 7:43 AM
with Astpai, Great Cynics, Wonk Unit, Überyou, Kamikaze Girls, Irish Handcuffs, Bad Accent | 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26 | Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | willspub.org
With a talent pull that’s national and beyond, the Fest (Oct. 30-Nov. 1, Gainesville), over its 14 years of existence, has become the region’s monolith of punk-rock festivals. Organizing satellite shows that take advantage of the band influx around it has become a cottage industry unto itself. Orlando pop-punk promoter Punching Babies distinguished itself in the rush last year with Foreign Dissent, a now-annual themed showcase that features fresh international faces that travel from especially far away to play the Fest. For this second edition, Foreign Dissent has assembled a delegation of seven overseas acts, more than half of them making Orlando debuts. Bands include Astpai (Austria), Great Cynics (UK), Wonk Unit (UK), Überyou (Switzerland), Kamikaze Girls (UK), Irish Handcuffs (Germany) and the debut of Bad Accent, a German outfit also featuring members of notable area bands Teen Agers and Dikembe. Come see this night of sweet, anthemic discovery become a tradition.