On sunday the sun came out and definitely gave us the best possible weather we could’ve ask for. At Pabst Stage, late in the afternoon people were throwing frisbees at each other while for some it was the perfect occasion to take a nap on the grass. I even caught an improvised acoustic set by Fire Next Time’s frontman James Renton right in front of Stomp Records merch booth…Quiet good if you ask me.
At 5pm, the band that would eventually become my personal highlight of the festival got on stage: The Penske File. I’ve been totally overwhelmed by their performance in which they’ve played mostly songs from their upcoming album “Burn Into The Earth”. Songs like “Damned” and “Old Dogs” are the perfect examples of how good should be a well crafted earworm. After the show, I grabbed a poutine at the Frites Alors food truck and headed to Katacombes to catch Tesla’s Revenge, a pop-punk quartet from Orange County, NY. The band brought on stage all the catchiness you can hear from their most recent EP “Au Montreal” and most of all, they seemed to be having a blast which was really great to watch.
Fire Next Time was up next at the Pabst Stage, another great discovery from Alberta that recently released a new album titled Cold Hands on Stomp. The folk-punk outfit played a flawless* and passionate performance (*except for the part where James broke a string on his guitar!) before passing on the stage to California’s Heartsounds. It was my first time seeing the melodic skate punk band which easily delivered with a fast ripping and shredding energetic set.
Then I had to choose between Side Lines or Fire In The Radio. I finally ended up at Katacombes to check out Fire In The Radio’s show. Since I really enjoyed their new album Telemetry, I wanted to hear the new material in a live setting. If my memory is correct, the band opened with June 14th which is a real headbanging track and by far my favorite song off the record. Their blend of emo-indie rock has managed to keep me entertained and was somehow pretty effective since the gig came to a end in a record time. Then I walked down Sainte Catherine street to check out The Holy Mess play at Foufounes Electriques. As I got in, the show had already started and I might have missed most of it. Either way from what I’ve heard and according to some diehard fans, the band has put on a really great set.
Back at Katacombes for Powernap, the Montreal based pop-punk band was visibly in a great mood and offered us, in a friendly “house show” vibe, songs from their debut EP “Oreosmith”. Frontman Hugo Mudie also mentioned how happy he was about this year’s edition of the festival which was about to come to an end a few hours later. Near 11pm, Montreal’s emo punk rockers Laureate got on stage, despite being my first time seeing them and basically not knowing any songs, I really enjoyed what I heard and really liked their stage presence.
By midnight my Pouzza Fest weekend was over. As I was leaving the parking lot, Municipal Waste was probably tearing apart the Foufounes Electriques..
Overall, for its 5th anniversary,The Pouzza Fest delivered with a top notch well-organized execution. With the visibility accorded to emerging bands over the last few years, the festival clearly does contribute in maintaining an healthy punk rock scene… See ya next year folks!
Check out our photo gallery for Sunday below.
The Penske File @ Pabst Stage
Tesla’s Revenge @ Katacombes:
Fire Next Time @ Pabst Stage:
Heartsounds @ Pabst Stage:
Fire In The Radio @ Katacombes :
The Holy Mess @ Foufounes Electriques :
Powernap @ Katacombes:
Laureate @ Katacombes: